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Vol.22 Number 2 



Editorial Staff 

Kelly Alsedek 

Jasmine Amnions Bucher '97 
Lauren McCartney Cusick P'08 
Dr. Tom Hanrahan 

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Marie Cusick '08 

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Pat Huggins 

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Lebanon Valley College Magazine 



Features 

Why Does College Cost So Much? 

By Laura Wood 

Find out why the cost of tuition, room, and 
board at American colleges and universities has 
risen in recent years, how some LVC students 
manage to pay for it, and why most people 
think a college education is still worth the price. 



Spring 2008 








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12 A Conversation with Rick Beard 

By Pat Huggins 

A heal writer speaks with Athletic Director 
Rick Beard '90, M'92 about his transition into 
the position and his plans for athletics dt LVC. 



14 Creative Strategies: Supporting 
Science Research and Equipment 

By Lauren McCartney Cusick P'08 
Running a college chemistry department 
requires lots of creative thinking — not only 
to come up with great research projects for 
students, but also to find the equipment and 
funds to support it. 




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Departments 

16 Valley News 

22 Class News & Notes 

41 In Memoriam 



Spring 2008 




Does Colleg 




BY LAURA WOOD 



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LVC students have access to 
advanced technology laboratories 
as well as traditional classrooms. 



Why is college so expensive? Is it worth it? These are questions young 
people, their families, and even Congress are asking as the cost of 
higher education continues to rise each year. Given the price of a 
college education — up to $50,000 or more at some institutions, 
"it's no wonder that families and students are asking a lot more 
questions," said William J, Brown Jr. '79 > 1 VCs vice president of 
enrollment, who oversees financial aid and admission. 



The "sticker" price at LVC for the 
2008-09 year is $37,1 10 for tuition, 
full board, and a standard room. 
But most LVC students don't pay 
that price. About 98 percent of LVC 
students receive financial aid based 
on merit or need. With an average 
aid package of just under $1 1,000, 
many students will see their final 
bills come down to a more manage- 



The Valley 



How I Paid for College 



JILL BRADER '08 

Giving advice appears to be an inborn 
talent. Some people are meant to give 
while others are meant to receive. 

LVC senior Jill Brader fits comfortably 
into the advice-giving category. Earlier 
this year, Brader and a friend came up 
with the idea of writing a newspaper 
advice column for a project in their jour- 
nalism class. On the insistence of their 
professor, the idea became a reality as 
"Take It or Leave It," a weekly column 
in the College's newspaper, La Vie 
Collegienne. 

At first Brader was nervous about 
appearing to be a know-it-all. But Bob 
Vucic, the newspaper's advisor and an 
adjunct instructor in English, insisted 
that she and Kasey Arnold '08 put their 
names on the column. 

Now, there's no turning back. They 
may not be know-it-alls, but they are 
definitely know-it-somethings, having 
skillfully navigated questions about room- 
mate problems, money woes, coUege 
romance, and "senioritis." The column is 
a big hit. 

"It's been a really fun experience," said 
Brader, a digital communications major 
from Allentown. She enjoys everything 
related to the publishing business, includ- 




ing layout, graphic design, and writing. 
Brader has been able to pursue her pas- 
sion thanks to a combination of scholar- 
ships and family funds. 

To help pay for her college education, 
she annually receives a $6,781 LVC Achi- 
evement Award, guaranteed to students 
in the top 30 percent of their high school 
class, and a $3,000 scholarship from 
Rodale Press, her mother's employer. 
The remainder is paid for by income from 
summer jobs, campus employment, con- 
tributions from her parents, and the gen- 
erosity of her grandfather. 

Brader, who works nine hours per week 
for the College's publications office, will 
graduate this year practically debt-free. 
She has only a $5,000 Stafford Loan to 
repay. It's fair to say she has received 
a lot of bang for her buck. In addition to 
writing her column and editing the "Per- 
spectives" section in the newspaper, 
Brader has been captain of the swim 
team, vice president of the rugby club for 
three years, and during the spring semes- 
ter, had a design internship atWhitaker 
Center in Harrisburg. She was also a lay- 
out editor for the yearbook. 

She recently finished her final season 
on the swim team. "It's a little bit sad," 
she said. Brader has been involved in 
competitive swimming since she was in 
sixth grade. 

The women's rugby club made it to 
the playoffs this year for the first time 
since 2002. Brader never played the sport 
before she came to LVC. "I've grown to 
love rugby because it's so competitive 
and it's just been fun to learn a new game," 
she said. 

Brader hopes to get a job in magazine 
publishing next year — or, who knows? — 
become the next "Dear Abby" for a 
newspaper. In a recent column, Brader 
gave advice to a student grappling with 
the restlessness of senior year. "Don't 
skip classes," she advised. "Enjoy the 
time you have left here and make the 
most of it." That's advice she intends to 
follow herself. 



able $26,1 10. But paying for it remains a 
challenge. 

"The American public still loves higher 
education and most want it for their chil- 
dren," said Don Francis, president of the 
Association of Independent Colleges and 
Universities of Pennsylvania, "but they 
think were too expensive. And they have 
very little understanding of how we are 
financed and how much we really cost. 

"They think the tuition paid at the 
public or private college or university is 
too much to pay for an education. They 
don t really understand that the tuition 
is subsidized with dollars from the state 
and federal governments, donors, and 
endowment earnings to pay the true cost 
of the education . . . they are getting a 
great bargain because the cost is actually 
much higher than they think." 

Lebanon Valley College President 
Stephen C. MacDonald, whose son 
John, is a recent college graduate, under- 
stands both sides of the issue very well. 
As a college president, he must provide 
students with an affordable, high-quality 
college education; as a parent, he's had to 
foot the bill. "We know that paying the 
cost of a private higher education represents 
a burden for our students, and that is why 
the largest single item in our annual bud- 
get is the money we devote to financial 
aid," he said. "In the current academic 
year, LVC will provide more than $18 
million in institutional funds to our stu- 
dents in the form of scholarships." 

LVC Rated #1 in the North in "Great 
Schools, Great Prices" 

Efforts to control costs at the Valley — 
while still providing students with excel- 
lent academics — have won national rec- 
ognition. The College was rated number 
one in the North in the "Great Schools, 
Great Prices" category among "Best 
Baccalaureate Colleges" in U.S.News & 
World Report's 2008 edition of the book, 
Americas Best Colleges. 




Scholarship Guarantee to Top Students 

The College s unique Presidential 
Scholarship program assures the top 30 
percent of graduating high school seniors 
that they will be rewarded for their efforts 
with guaranteed tuition breaks ranging 
from 25 to 50 percent, according to their 
class rank and other factors. [See box]. 
"We are unique in guaranteeing a scholar- 
ship based on high school performance," 
MacDonald pointed out. In fact, LVC 
pioneered the return to achievement- 
based scholarships in 1991, and became 



a national trendsetter in the move to re- 
ward and encourage high school students' 
academic excellence. 

Graduate on Time or It's Free 

In addition to its merit-based scholar- 
ship program, the College has a long- 
standing graduation guarantee. LVC 
promises that students who meet all of 
the academic requirements of their majors 
will graduate in four years — or else they 
can finish their education here tuition- 
free. That graduation guarantee is especially 



President Stephen C. MacDonald chats with 
elementary education majors Charlie Fisher '09 
and Emily Ross '08 in Lynch Memorial Hall. 



important now that the average student 
nationwide takes six years to graduate. At 
LVC, the vast majority of students earn 
their degrees in four years. The Valley has 
one of the highest (top 3 percent) grad- 
uation rates in its category according to 
Americas Best Colleges. 

MacDonald and the Board of Trustees 
regularly review LVC s tuition and fees to 
make sure they are competitive with simi- 
lar institutions. In a major aifordability 
study conducted by the College two years 
ago, LVC was ranked the fourth lowest 
in tuition and fees among 1 1 compara- 
bly sized private liberal arts colleges in 
Pennsylvania, such as Elizabethtown Col- 
lege and Susquehanna University. In that 
same study, the College was ranked as the 
fourth highest to meet the demonstrated 
financial need of its undergraduates — de- 
spite having a far lower endowment than 
many other colleges. 



LVC Merit-based Scholarship Program 



Presidential Scholarships at LVC are guaranteed to student applicants in th 



Vickroy Award 

• One-half tuition scholarship (50%), value 
for 2008-2009 = $14,325 

• Awarded to high school seniors graduating 
in the top 10% of their class 

• Retention requirements: 2.75 semester 
GPA freshman year; 3.00 semester GPA 
all remaining years 



Leadership Award 

• One-third tuition scholarship (33%), value 
for 2008-2009 = $9,550 

• Awarded to high school seniors graduating 
in the top 20% of their class 

• Retention requirements: 2.50 semester 
GPA freshman year; 2.75 semester GPA 
all remaining years 



Achievement Award 

• One-quarter tuition scholarship (25%), 
value for 2008-2009 = $7163 

• Awarded to high school seniors gradu- 
ating in the top 30% of their class 

• Retention requirements: 2.25 semester 
GPA freshman year; 2.50 semester GPA 
all remaining years 



Students who rank outside the top 10% of their high school class or who attend a high school that does not rank, but have a combined Critical 
Reading and Math SAT score of 1100 or ACT composite score of 24, will be invited to interview for one of the Presidential Scholarships. 

Students who complete the admission process are automatically considered for the scholarships. There is no separate application; however, to 
ensure full consideration, the admissions process must be completed by May 1. 



Spring 2008 



College Graduates Earn More 

There's no doubt that college degrees 
are worth all the effort and expense. 
Graduates earn, on average, nearly $ 1 
million dollars more in their lifetimes 
than those without higher education 
degrees according to a recent report from 
the U.S. Census Bureau. "The average 
holder of a bachelors degree earns twice 
the lifetime earnings of a high school 
dropout. Advanced degree holders earn 
more than three times as much ... so 
education really pays off," said U.S. Sec- 
retary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in a recent 
speech. 

The financial payoff for our country 
is also huge. Colleges like LVC strive to 
develop students with the skills to adapt 
throughout their lifetimes as the world 



College graduates earn, 
on average, nearly $1 
million dollars more in 
their lifetimes than those 
without higher education 
degrees . . . 



economy continues to change. The lib- 
eral arts education, with its emphasis on 
critical thinking, careful analysis, and cre- 
ativity, primes people to be agile in their 
careers as well as to create the goods and 
services the world will want. 

College graduates can look forward 
to long and healthy careers. A Harvard 



Medical School study published this 
spring found that Americans with more 
than 12 years of education can expect to 
live to 82, seven years longer than high 
school graduates. The longer life expec- 
tancy is attributed to fewer deaths from 
smoking-related diseases, but also to a 
higher income, which gives those with 
more education access to safer neighbor- 
hoods and better health care. 

Rich, Rewarding Life 

But perhaps the greatest benefits of 
higher education are intangible. "Edu- 
cational experience broadens horizons, 
makes one consider other points of view, 
enlarges perception, and develops habits 
of thought and questioning that allow a 



JARED PITT '08 



How I Paid for College 



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When Jared Pitt was a boy, he was often in the 
woods behind his house in New Jersey looking for 
woodchucks, garter snakes, and turtles. It seemed 
there was no animal that failed to inspire his interest. 

When a stray cat gave birth to a litter under the 
hood of the family car, Pitt was thrilled. He decided 
early on he wanted to be a paleontologist, but 
changed his mind in second grade after realizing 
the potential for studying live specimens was frus- 
tratingly small. 

He decided to be a veterinarian instead. 
Pitt's dream has remained unchanged, and he 
is now a senior biology major at Lebanon Valley 
College, hoping to attend veterinary school a year 
after he graduates. Hard work and scholarships from 
LVC have made the fulfillment of his ambitions pos- 
sible. 

Pitt is the recipient of an annual $7500 Multicul- 
tural Fellowship. He received a half-tuition Vlckroy 
Scholarship and has taken out about $17000 
in federally-subsidized Stafford Loans. His 
mother has paid tuition bills ranging from 
$5,000 to $10,000 each of his four years. 
Pitt, who lives off campus to save money, 
makes up the difference by doing assorted 
jobs on and around campus and by working 
in the summer. 



Sixteen hours a week, he is employed as a 
veterinary assistant at Annville-Cleona Veterinary 
Associates for $8 an hour. There he draws blood, 
administers vaccines, and restrains animals. It's not 
everyone's idea of fun, but Pitt is in his element. 

He's also mixed solutions for LVC's Biology 
Department, and worked as a Saturday-night boun- 
cer at LVC's Underground in the Mund College 
Center. In the summer, he works for an animal or- 
phanage near his home in West Berlin, N.J. 

When Pitt was deciding on a college four years 
ago, he narrowed his choices to Rutgers, the State 
University of New Jersey, or LVC. He ended up in 
Annville because he "liked the fact that it was a 
small, beautiful campus." Also, he said, "It didn't 
seem like a really big party school." 

Completing a biology major is a lot of work, so the 
relative quiet of LVC has been a big plus. Veterinary 
school will be another four years of study and, if all 
goes well, of scholarships and loans. Fortunately, 
the financial burden of attending LVC has not been 
so great he can't handle these future expenses. His 
dream of caring for the world's animals in a veteri- 
nary business somewhere not too far from home is 
closer by the day. 




I he Coffee Bar, fttnded By young alumni, 
in Lynch Memorial Hail has become a 
popular spot where students* faculty, and 
staff gather. 



person to lead a much richer, rewarding 
life. Too often we allow hostile media, 
government officials, or parents to put us 
on the defensive about our costs. I believe 
the personal benefit from a good college 
education is worth far more than the 
price we charge," Francis said. 

Lebanon Valley College spent more 
than $15 million or nearly 40 percent 
of its entire 2007 operating budget on 
instruction, which included instructional 
materials and equipment as well as sala- 
ries for professors and instructors; $3.2 
million, or 8 percent, on student services; 
and $6.4 million, or 16 percent, on ad- 
ministrative expenses. 



With a little research, students can 
compare the cost of attending LVC to 
other colleges and begin to understand 
the complex realities behind that tuition 
bill. Of LVC s entire $39.2 million op- 
erating expenses in 2007, $26.3 million 
or — 77 percent — came from tuition and 
fees. "We also rely on room-and-board 
revenue, earnings from our endowment, 
earnings on investments, gifts, and earn- 
ings on so-called auxiliary enterprises 
like the bookstore and the Arnold Sports 
Center to cover the difference between 
what a student pays in tuition and what 
it actually costs to deliver that education 
to the students," said MacDonald. 



Keeping Tuition in Line 

Tuition, fees, room, and board charges 
at LVC have been rising 4.5 to 5.5 percent 
annually in recent years, said Deborah 
Fullam '81, LVC s vice president and 
controller. This is well below the historic 
average for college tuition increases in the 
United States over the past 50 years. Over 
that period, tuition increased annually an 
average of 8 percent nationally. 

Colleges must constandy struggle to 
keep tuition within the range of compet- 
ing institutions. "We're very driven by 
market forces," said Fullam. The level of 
competition among providers of higher 
education is one of the greatest benefits for 
the consumer; a free and diverse market is 
in the interest of every buyer. 

"A college is like a traditional business 
in some respects, but quite different in 
others," said MacDonald. "Like any other 
business, we operate in a fiercely competi- 
tive market. Many other coljeges and 
universities are vying for the same cus- 
tomers' and we all have to advertise and 
market ourselves if we wish to attract 
students in the number and of the quality 
we require. 

"But, some of the things we do are very 
different from what happens in a classic 
market economy," he added. "For exam- 
ple, we refuse to sell our services to some 
people even if they are willing to pay us 
full price. We do this when we deny an 
applicant admission to the College. And 
we give money to different customers' in 
order to encourage them to buy our ser- 
vices. We do this when we award scholar- 
ships." 

Kendra M. Feigert, director of finan- 
cial aid, spends time talking to families 
about scholarships and their options for 
financing a college education. "We do a 
lot of counseling. We keep a pretty close 
communication with our families," she 
said. "Were a smaller school so we're able 
to do that. We have an open-door policy 
so pretty much anybody can come in 
and sit down and talk to us to explore all 
available options." 



Spring 2008 



How I Paid for College 



RACHEL MINGLE '09 

The Roaring Spring Department Store 
has been in the same family for three 
generations. It's also been in business 
without interruption for 144 years. When 
customers go there to buy furniture, 
household utensils, and clothes, they're 
supporting one of the longest-lived inde- 
pendent businesses in Pennsylvania. 

Unwittingly, they're also contributing 
to Rachel Mingles education at Lebanon 
Valley College, where she is a junior major- 
ing in music education. Like many LVC 
students, she pays her tuition bill by cob- 
bling together funds from a variety of 
sources, including the department store 
her parents run. 

The store has helped put Mingle, her 
brother, and two sisters through college. 
That's a lot of mattresses, sweaters, 
paint, and toasters. 

Fortunately, due to the scholarships 
Mingle has received at LVC, the burden 
for her education has been relatively light. 
LVC guarantees scholarships to the top 
30 percent of ftigh school graduates. 
Mingle, who was in the top 10 percent 
of her class, knew she qualified for LVC's 
Vickroy Scholarship before she was even 
accepted. It has paid half of her tuition 
every year. 



She also receives $3,500 a year from 
non-LVC scholarships. This year, she is 
working as a resident assistant in Silver 
Hall for which her room fee is paid by the 
College. 

Last summer, Mingle worked in the 
College Advancement Office, and when 
she's home, she helps out in the family 
store. This summer, she'll earn about 
$3,000 as a live-in nanny in North Carolina. 

Mingle hopes to get a job as a music 
teacher soon out of college, which will 
help pay off $11,612 in federally-subsi- 
dized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans. 
Her debt burden should be lighter than 
the average LVC student, who graduates 
with about $27,000 in federal and private 
loans, which is about the national average. 

All in all, Mingle's expenses are less 
than those of her brother, Benjamin, 
who's a sophomore at Penn State. "He's 
actually paying more than I am because 
I have so much in aid and scholarships," 
she said. 

Mingle, who sings in the concert, 
chamber, and gospel choirs, is glad she 
chose LVC — and not just for financial rea- 
sons. "The atmosphere is really warm 
and inviting. I love the fact that when I 
walk across campus, I know almost 
every single person I see," she said. 
To someone who has lived all her life 
in Roaring Spring, 20 minutes from 
Altoona, Annville and the intimacy of 
LVC seem right. 

She also loves the high ratio of teach- 
ers to students. "It's a good environment 
to learn in. Every teacher knows every 
one of their students on a first-name 
basis. You can ask a question and not be 
afraid. I get a lot more out of education 
when I can identify with the instructor." 



Investing in Faculty and Technology 

There is no mystery as to why tuition 
increases do not correspond to the general 
inflation rate. The costs of running a col- 
lege do not mirror the Consumer Price 
Index, but are subject to unique inflation- 
ary pressures. At LVC, the single greatest 
budgetary priority is the faculty. "Higher 
education at a small, private institution is 
very labor intensive," said Fullam. Unlike 
less expensive universities that employ 
graduate students to teach courses, LVC 
maintains a full-time teacher/full-time 
student ratio of 16 to one by using only 
professors rather than graduate students to 
teach. Students and faculty alike treasure 
the relationships they develop in small 
classes. Students are not overlooked; many 
develop lifelong friendships with their 
professors. 

Not only does the College consider it 
a sound business practice to keep faculty 
salaries increasing at or above the rate of 
inflation, but it also must bear increases 
in the cost of benefits that significantly 
exceed the inflation rate. Medical ben- 
efits have gone up significantly in recent 
years, said Fullam. 

Some areas of the budget have seen 
even more dramatic increases over the 
last 20 years, most notably the costs of 
maintaining the latest information tech- 
nology on campus. That means upgrad- 
ing and introducing new software and 
providing new technology, such as the 
1998 introduction of swipe cards used by 
students to buy meals, check out library 
books, use the sports center, and enter 
buildings. All residence halls will have 
this safer, keyless entry system installed 
by the end of this year. 

Another recent technology improve- 
ment is the College s new student and 
staff portal, unveiled last August. It acts 
like an alternate web site within the Col- 
lege that gives students and staff easy 
entrance to AccessLVC, Blackboard, and 
the library, as well as to their e-mail and 
documents, without having to sign in 
repeatedly. The portal also provides im- 
portant announcements, and lists daily 







events, dining menus, upcoming student 
activities, and athletic news. Users can 
also find the local weather report, local 
and national news sources, and college 
and pro sports scores. 

Going Wireless 

Last year, the College finished putting 
wireless Internet in all the academic build- 
ings, and by this summer all of the resi- 
dence halls also will be wireless. LVC re- 
places each of the 700 personal comput- 
ers on campus every four years. "We're 
committed to keeping the technology 
up-to-date," said Robert A. Riley, vice 
president of information technology 
services. The total spent on information 
technology in the 2006—07 fiscal year, 
including salaries and equipment, was 
$1.9 million. Those expenses were non- 
existent 40 years ago. 

The old books-and-notepads education 
sure looks good from a purely economic 
standpoint. However, "There's no turning 
back the technological clock," said Mac- 
Donald, "Our students expect to see and 
use a modern technological infrastructure. 
If we told them that we were prepared to 
reduce their tuition rate by, say, $500 next 
year but that we could afford to do this 
only by the loss of Internet access on the 
College system, I predict that they would 
not accept this offer." 



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Students Expect Better Food 

Most students probably would not opt 
to save money if it meant scaling back on 
dining services, either. They insist on food 
that is better than they could find in their 
high school cafeterias — or at most cam- 
puses even a decade ago. At colleges across 
the country, "mystery meat" is gone. 

"There's been a dramatic evolution of 
dining standards in terms of what we of- 
fer," said Nick Milone, general manager 
for Hallmark Services, which operates 
LVC's dining program. "It used to be the 
old-school approach of heat-and-serve 
entrees. Today, it's more about freshness 
and variety. Students want to see more 



Left: LVC students can choose from a variety 

of menu options offered in the Colleges dining 

rooms. 

Below: Ryan Zvorsky y 09 takes advantage of the 

wireless capabilities in his room in Marquette 

Hall. 



items that chefs prepare right in the din- 
ing room." 

Made-to-order pastas and gourmet 
wraps are popular these days, as is the 
Colleges Cup O' Joe gourmet coffee bar 
in Lynch Memorial Hall. The Delicacy 
is a sandwich station open weekdays for 
lunch and dinner offering made-to-order 
items. It used to be self-serve, but now 
everything's freshly prepared. When 
Milone started at LVC eight years ago, 
there were 18 to 20 full-time employees 
in dining services; now there are 27, a 
modest hike given significant increases in 
enrollment over that period. 

Premium Housing in Demand 

Students aren't settling for their par- 
ents' residence halls, either. At LVC, 
Jason Kuntz, director of residential life, 
said it is the College's "premium" hous- 
ing that upperclassmen choose first each 
spring in the College's annual housing 
lottery. This upscale housing includes pri- 
vate rooms, suites, or shared houses and 
apartments — even though it will cost stu- 
dents almost $1,000 more per year than 
the standard double room on a corridor 
served by one community bathroom. 
Students want more space, more privacy, 
and more amenities across college hous- 
ing, a trend reflected in the country as a 
whole. The average American house size 
has more than doubled since the 1950s 
according to the Census Bureau. 

College administrators know that if 
they don't provide a superior academic 
program, the latest technology, terrific 
professors, a beautiful campus, premium 
housing, great food, and fabulous sports 
and arts facilities, students are likely to go 
elsewhere. Every college and university 
feels this pressure. Not only must admin- 
istrators respond to the rising expecta- 



Spring 2008 



tions of students and parents, sometimes 
called "expectation creep," but there also 
are steady increases in fixed costs that the 
College cannot control. 

Costs Soar 

According to the Higher Education 
Price Index (HEPI), a statistical measure 
for operating expenses at the nations col- 
leges and universities, the rising cost of 
fuel and other forms of energy has been 
a significant factor in college budgets 
nationally in recent years. These increases 
have run an average of 13 percent in the 
past six years. 

Dr. Robert E. Hamilton, LVCs vice 
president for administration, has seen the 
impact of increased fuel costs. The Col- 
lege spent $3.6 million, or 9 percent of 
its total budget, on operation and main- 
tenance of its buildings in 2007. 

The costs of construction materials, 
such as steel and lumber, have also spiked. 
"Inflation in construction materials has 
been disproportionate to the rest of the 
economy," Hamilton said. Not only does 
this affect new building projects, but it 
also influences the cost of renovations 
and repairs. 

In 2006, the College completed an 
analysis of its facilities. "It identified areas 
that needed to be addressed," said Ham- 
ilton. "There's been an increased effort to 
try and upgrade facilities and address some 
deferred maintenance." 

Costs over which the College has little 
or no control include the many budget 
items that reflect compliance with govern- 
ment regulations. For instance, hazardous 
waste disposal, which includes removal 
of materials such as paint, construction 
debris, and chemicals used in instruction, 
is significandy more expensive than it used 
to be, said Hamilton. 

While the College formerly disposed of 
these materials in a safe manner, now it 
must document disposal and follow gov- 
ernment-approved procedures. "We must 
have a program in place to maintain those 
records and to train people," said Hamilton. 




This may seem a trivial expense in rela- 
tion to the Colleges overall budget, but 
it is one of many relatively new govern- 
ment-mandated expenses completely 
beyond the College's control. 

Varsity Value 

Overall, the business of producing and 
selling higher education is notably differ- 
ent from other industries. The College's 
athletic program, which includes 21 NCAA 
Division III varsity sports and 440 stu- 
dent-athletes, is a good example. Given 
the cost of facility and field maintenance, 
equipment, and the ever-escalating cost 
of travel, it seems notably inefficient. "I 
don't know how you balance the cost/ 
benefit ratio," said Rick Beard '90, M'92 
athletics director. "We think the benefits 
to intercollegiate student-athletes do 
[outweigh the expenses], because it gives 
our students a broad-based experience." 
A business guru might suggest cutting 
athletics, just due to cost. College admin- 
istrators, faculty, and students don't see it 
that way. 

"There are so many intangible benefits 



A wide variety of cardiovascular and 
weight-training equipment provides exercise 
opportunities for all students. 

that student-athletes get from intercol- 
legiate athletics," said Tim Flynn '05, di- 
rector of sports information. "The lessons 
that our student-athletes learn on the 
field or in the gym parallel what they will 
encounter later in the business world and 
in life. Athletics helps teach things like 
leadership, teamwork, and fitness — all 
things that you can talk about in a class- 
room, but that need to be experienced to 
be truly learned." 

As MacDonald put it, "A company 
making salad bowls wants to make as 
many salad bowls as possible at the low- 
est possible cost. The standards of pure 
efficiency don't work in higher educa- 
tion, and that includes athletics." Indeed, 
a college education appears to be in a 
consumer category all its own. It's hard 
to judge a four-year experience and a 
lifetime's worth of learning in pure dollars 
and cents. 

Laura Wood is a freelance writer from 
Wayne. 



10 The Valley 




G. Daniel Massad, 

Six Wooden Blocks, 

2008, digital archival 

print on paper, 

22 x 21 1/2 inches 



The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College Is 
pleased to announce the availability of a digital archival print 



by G. Daniel Massad, LVCs artist-in-residence.The edition is 
limited to 1 00 prints individually signed and numbered by the 
artist. The print measures 22 x 21 1/2 inches and is available at 
a price of $275 for each unframed print. All proceeds benefit 
Lebanon Valley College's Art Acquisition Fund. 




THE SUZANNE H. ARNOLD 

ART GALLERY 



For more information and to reserve your print, please contact Crista Detweiler at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery 

at 71 7-867-6445 or by e-mail at detweile@lvc.edu. 



Conversation wi-tli. 





ince becoming athletic director (AD) at Lebanon Valley College in late summer 
2007, Rick Beard '90, M'92 has been a busy man— -particularly in the fall, when 
he was juggling his new responsibilities as AD with his "other job' as defensive 
coordinator for the LVC football team. 
Despite the hectic schedule, Beard found time to develop plans and ideas on how to improve 

the College's already successful athletic program while also maximizing its impact on both the 

student body and the surrounding community 

Beard recently took lime out of his busy day to speak with local writer Pat Huggins about 

how he has adjusted to his new job and what he hopes the future holds for LVC s Athletic 

Department. 



Huggins: You've been involved with 
the College as a student, coach, and 
administrator for quite some time now. 
What has it been like for you since you 
became athletic director? 

Beard: (laughing) I guess I haven't had 
much time to think about it. Its really a 
privilege to be in this position. The people 
who came before me — Bill McHenry, 
Lou Sorrentino '54, Kathy Tierney — are 
great people who have done outstand- 
ing things. I hope to be able to carry on 
some of what they've done. Ive enjoyed 
it immensely, and I'm likely to continue 
to enjoy it. And our administration has 
been outstanding. They've been so sup- 
portive. I hope wl made this transition 
without missing a beat. We may have had 
a few stumbling blocks along the way, but 
I think we have kept it going in the right 
direction. 



Huggins: What are some of your goals 
for the Athletic Department, and what 
are some initiatives you'd like to put in 
place? 

Beard: Some of my goals as the AD are to 
make sure our programs are competitive, 
fun, and meaningful. Those three elements 
are very important to me and to LVC. We 
will certainly keep them in mind in the fu- 
ture as we deal with competitive sports and 
take initiatives to enhance our facilities. 

Some of our facilities haven't been up- 
graded recently, such as our football facili- 
ties. And, there are turf options for field 
hockey and other multi-purpose surfaces. 

I think we constandy have to look at our 
resource^ and prioritize. Venue enhance- 
ments should have an impact not only on 
athletics, but also on the student body as a 
whole. If we do have a multi-purpose sur- 
face, we have the ability to host intramural 



competitions and to tie everything we do, 
whether it's recreation, wellness, or what- 
ever, into one kind of venue. 

From another standpoint, I'd like to en- 
hance our marketing and promotions. I 
think we need to take better advantage of 
our venues. We can be a great source of 
family entertainment in our area. For $25, a 
family of four can come here for a game and 
a hot dog, and they can have a great day. 

Huggins: With that in mind, are you inter- 
ested in having LVC use its facilities to 
host any PIAA (high school) state playoff 
events? 

Beard: We're hindered a little bit by the 
timing of some of those events, because 
of parking issues. However, I am open 
to holiday tournaments, events like that, 
and summertime activities. When we do 
have our students away, I am definitely 



12 The Valley 



interested in maximizing the use of our 
facilities — not necessarily as a revenue- 
producer, even though that's a plus. But I 
think its a great recruiting tool, and that, 
in my mind, is more important. 

Huggins: Tell us about the current status 
of Lebanon Valley's athletic programs. 
Obviously, some teams have been more 
successful than others, but in general, 
they are in good shape. 

Beard: Certainly creating winning programs 
is a big part of my job. It is my responsibil- 
ity to work with coaches to help develop 
plans so that they re successful. We all 
know winning is a heck of a lot more fun 
than losing. 

You talk about student-athletes and stu- 
dent-athlete experiences, and they're all 
enhanced by winning. Is that the most 
important thing? Probably not. Is it im- 
portant? Absolutely. Everybody wants to 
win. But at LVC, we're going to do it the 
right way. We're going to recruit the right 
student-athletes for our programs. We wont 
jeopardize admissions, financial aid, or 
anything. We're going to do it the right 
way and we will win. 

Obviously, we have certain programs that 
are better than others. We just have to look 
at those programs and try to develop them 
within LVC's means. What can LVC do, and 
how are we going to do that? We have to 
work hard. That's the only way I know how 
to accomplish this. 

Huggins: As you know, the Athletic 
Department encourages teams at LVC 
to be actively involved in fund-raising 
events in the community, such as Relay 
for Life and the recent "Think Pink" 
fund-raiser for breast cancer awareness 
promoted by the women's basketball 
team. How pleased are you with the 
willingness of student-athletes to be- 
come involved in these causes? 

Beard: Service learning helps our students 
become mature adults. It's funny to hear 



"Some of my goals as AD are to make sore oor 
programs are competitive, fuo, and meaningful: 



our freshmen ask, 'Why do I have to walk 
in Relay for Life?' And by the time they re 
juniors and seniors, they re leaders and 
captains, asking 'How do we do this?' and 
'how do we do that?' 

It s our responsibility to give back to 
our community, and I think our student- 
athletes certainly enjoy that. Those initia- 
tives need to continue to grow. 

Huggins: Are there plans to add any 
intercollegiate athletic programs at 
Lebanon Valley? 

Beard: Lacrosse is something we Ve been 
throwing around for several years. It is a 
great fit for LVC, but it has to make sense. 
If there's a need for the sport and support 
from the administration to do it, we'll go 
for it. 



Huggins: Looking back on the fall, how 
were you able to juggle all of your re- 
sponsibilities and keep things running 
smoothly? 

Beard: We made it, and that goes back to 
the staff. I am very fortunate to have an 
outstanding group. The) made my transi- 
tion easy. There are a lot of coaches who 
have been here a long time and understand 
LVC and understand the policies and pro- 
cedures. I have two great assistant ADs in 
Lauren Frankford and Stacey Hollinger 
and a great secretary in Pam Hillegas. 
They're unbelievable. 

Everybody on the staff pitched in to 
help. Out-of-season coaches were helping 
to supervise games when I Bad to be at 
football practice. It was just a great team 
effort. I think that's what we have here, an 
outstanding team. 




Beard was a member of the College s football coaching staff for 15 years. Most recently, he served as defensive 
coordinator. 



Spring 2008 13 



Creative Strategies 

Support Science Research and Equipment 



By Lauren McCartney Cusick P'08 



The most expensive 

pieces of equipment many of us own are 
our cars. So it's pretty discouraging to re- 
alize that their value plummets by thou- 
sands of dollars the moment we drive off 
the dealer's lot. Dr. Owen Moe doesn't 
have much use for a car. He walks to work 
from his historic brick home across the 
street from the College. 

But in his position as chair of LVC's 
Chemistry Department, where he is the 
Vernon and Doris Bishop Distinguished 
Professor of Chemistry, the rapid obsoles- 
cence of scientific equipment is a major, 
ongoing challenge. 

Take the Colleges MALDI-TOF mass 
spectrometer, purchased in 2001 with a 
$90,000 grant from the National Science 
Foundation (NSF). It helps to identify 
chemicals. Just seven years later, this ex- 
pensive piece of equipment is already out- 
dated. 

LVC has a far-above-average track 
record for landing NSF grants for new 
instruments, but the NSF wont replace 
any equipment purchased with its previ- 
ous grants. That's why the department is 
so grateful for private donations. Those 
donors — along with Moe s talent for piec- 
ing together funding solutions — keep the 
department s students equipped with the 
latest technology and the ability to do 
groundbreaking research. 

By trading in the old MALDI spectrom- 
eter for $80,000, and using a $100,000 gift 
from the estate of Dr. David Sheetz '48, 
Moe had most of the $200,000 he need- 
ed for the new spectrometer. The balance 




(L to r.) Dr. Owen Moe, Dr. Walter Patton, and Dr. Timothy Peelen 



of funds needed for the spectrometer 
came from the department's annual bud- 
get and endowed funds, which also help 
pay summer research students who will 
use the new spectrometer for most of the 
next decade. The new MALDI spectrome- 
ter is now in use by students in the instru- 
mental analysis laboratory and by others 
doing research projects. 

The annual need for financial support 
is not limited to instrumentation. The 
Chemistry Departments summer research 
program, which funds five faculty mem- 
bers and 14 to 18 students, requires an 
additional $60,000 to $80,000 a year. 
It is paid for by external grants and en- 
dowed summer research funds. 

Funding became easier in one six-month 
period recendy when the Chemistry De- 
partment received a half million dollars. 
Some of it — $300,000 — came from grants, 
and the rest came from private donors. 
LVC has been awarded many more federal 
grants than the average small college, Moe 
said, because after decades of experience, 



the faculty knows how to craft winning 
proposals. "You have to know what you re 
doing and what they re looking for," Moe 
said. "The more you demonstrate success, 
the more the funding agencies believe 
that you are capable of carrying out the 
project." 

But it isn't easy writing those grant pro- 
posals. "It takes the lead writer 80 to 100 
hours to create very long, thick, detailed 
proposals. They re hard to write," Moe 
said, "but the attention to detail generally 
pays off. Our success rate has been quite 
high for the past 15 to 20 years." More 
than 80 percent of the instrumentation 
grants from LVC chemistry have been 
funded — and that's unusual. 

"We've been very aggressive over the 
years in getting research and equipment 
grants — and that's what it's all about in 
chemistry today," Moe said, "giving the 
students real-life research experiences, while 
using state-of-the-art instrumentation." 

Lauren McCartney Cusick P'08 is director 
of media relations at LVC. 



14 The Valley 



Recent IMSF Grants Supporting the Sciences at LVC 

Nanocatalyst Research 

Dr. Anderson Marsh, assistant professor of chemistry, was the writer of this $144,600 grant. The three- 
year project, "Selectivity Control in Ketone Hydrogenation on Nanoscale Platinum Catalysts," will 
use colloidal nanoparticles constructed from platinum to carry out chemical reactions important 
for pharmaceuticals, flavorings, and fragrances. 

Interdisciplinary Laboratory Projects 

This $150,000 grant will support curriculum development at the interface of chemistry and biology 
by providing funds for the purchase of a Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS), a 
powerful new instrument for separating and identifying compounds. The grant proposal, written 
by Dr. Timothy J. Peelen, assistant professor of chemistry, outlines plans for developing three new 
interdisciplinary laboratory projects based on the use of LC-MS. Under the grant, faculty and stu- 
dents in the LVC Chemistry Department will develop three multi-week laboratory projects in the 
areas of pharmaceutical science, environmental analysis, and biochemical metabolism. The new 
projects will be used by students at LVC and will be published for use by other institutions. 

Neurite-Outgrowth Research 

Dr. Kristen Boeshore '92, assistant professor of biology, received a three-year, $150,000 NSF grant 
to examine the underlying neurite-outgrowth promoting activity of spermidine. Knowledge of the 
mechanisms underlying successful nerve regeneration are of inestimable value to researchers 
studying spinal cord and other central and peripheral nervous system injuries and developing 
therapeutic strategies to treat neurodegenerative diseases. This work also will provide oppor- 
tunities for undergraduate students to participate in an active research environment beyond the 
scope of typical classroom or laboratory instruction. 

Research in Quantum Information Theory 

Dr. David Lyons, associate professor of mathematical sciences, and Dr. Scott Walck, associate 
professor of physics, received a three-year, $160,000 grant for research into the theoretical basis 
of a phenomenon called quantum entanglement that could lead to the development of a new type 
of quantum-based super computer. If such a computer ever becomes a reality, it has the potential 
to answer impossibly complex problems in seconds. The 2006 grant has been used to foster stu- 
dent-faculty interdepartmental research and has already led to numerous publications written by 
the professors and their summer research students. Their research has potential applications for 
computing, communication, and nanotechnology. 




Recent Major Gifts Supporting 
the Sciences at LVC 

Bequest from the Estate 
of Dr. David Sheetz '48 

This $100,000 gift allowed the Chemistry Department 
to upgrade its outmoded MALDI mass spectrom- 
eter. An earlier gift Sheetz, made some 30 years 
ago to endow the summer research program, is 
still paying dividends now, supporting summer re- 
search students who will be working on the new 
MALDI instrument. Sheetz was a senior vice presi- 
dent at The Dow Chemical Co., a director of re- 
search there, and later Dow's chief scientist. 

Lockwood Endowed Research Fund 

Dr. Tibor Sipos '64 provided $100,000 to endow a 
new Karl Lockwood Undergraduate Research 
Fund. While a chemistry student at LVC, Sipos car- 
ried out an independent research project under the 
mentorship of Dr. Lockwood, a professor whom he 
credits with changing his life. Income from the fund 
supports two summer research students per year 
who study the enzymatic basis of inborn errors of 
metabolism associated with childhood diseases. 

Rhodes and O'Donnell Endowed 
Physics Research Fund 

The Rhodes and O'Donnell Endowed Physics Re- 
search Fund was established by the late Dr. Agnes 
O'Donnell, professor emerita of English, and Dr. 
Elizabeth Bains '64. They created this fund in honor 
of Dr. Jacob "Jake" Rhodes '43 and in memory of 
J. Robert "Bob" O'Donnell, professors emeriti of 
physics. Together they had over 56 years of com- 
bined service to the College, and served as men- 
tors and teachers to hundreds of students. 



Chemistry major Kim Manbeck '10 
conducts research using the new 
MALDI spectrometer. 



Spring 2008 15 



valley news 



Francis J. "Frank" Dixon Receives LVC's 
Founders Day Award 



Francis J. "Frank" Dixon of 

Lebanon, who helped found and endow 
the Lebanon Campus of Harrisburg Area 
Community College (HACC), was honored 
Feb. 19 for his community leadership and 
philanthropy at the 29th annual Founders 
Day Convocation at Lebanon Valley College. 

The LVC Founders Day award recognizes 
individuals whose character and leadership, 

in the spirit of the founders of Lebanon Valley College, contribute to the enhance- 
ment of life in central Pennsylvania. Also at the ceremony, LVC President Stephen C. 
MacDonald announced that the Wig and Buckle Theater Company was the winner 
of the Presidents Award. The award is given annually to a student group that con- 
tributes to the College mission and demonstrates vision, informed decision-making, 
and preparation for a life of service to others. 

Dixon is CEO of Brandywine Recyclers, Inc., of Lebanon, which under his owner- 
ship has become one of the largest recycling companies in central Pennsylvania. 

Nearly 20 years ago, Dixon donated a significant amount of money to the HACC 
Foundation to establish the Dixon Family Endowment, which was specifically cre- 
ated to help Lebanon County students pay for their HACC educations. At the same 
time, in 1989, Dixon created the Francis J. Dixon Foundation as a way for his family 
to help give back to the Lebanon community. To date, more than 2,000 individuals 
have received financial support, and in 2008 alone, 80 students will receive $1,000 
each to help them pay for their first and second years at HACC Lebanon. 




Ground Broken for Stanson Hall 




<Nc 




Ground was broken May 2 for Stanson Hall, named in honor of Greg Stanson '63, 
P'92, P'95, vice president emeritus for enrollment and student services. The new resi- 
dence hall, planned to accommodate an enrollment growth to 1,700 students, will 
house 148 beds. It is being built on the site of a former parking lot on the corner of 
Sheridan Avenue and Railroad Street. The new building s gabled roofline will echo the 
architecture of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. All of the lost parking spaces will 
be replaced in an adjacent area. 



Interfaith Banquets 

"You'll never get students to eat ethnic 
food. You'll be lucky to get 50 people to 
come to an interfaith banquet." That's 
what some pessimists told the Rev. Dr. 
Paul Fullmer three years ago when, as 
LVC's new chaplain, he first suggested 
holding a series of dinners on campus to 
celebrate the feast days of the world's 
major religions. 

The response he received from stu- 
dents was quite different. "So many stu- 
dents come for the food," he said. But he 
found they also had an appetite for some- 
thing more. "In general, students have a 
hunger to experience cultures other than 
what they'd find in central Pennsylvania." 

Apparently, that old saying about love: 
"The way to a man's heart is through his 
stomach," works for students, too. Fullmer 
appears to have found the perfect recipe 
for success. Start with a delicious ethnic 
meal. Add exotic music and dance, or per- 
haps a martial arts demonstration. And, 
top it all off with fascinating stories from 
religious leaders about their beliefs and 
their traditions— whether they are Hindus, 
Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, or 
Jews. Fullmer believes that the festive 
dinners not only open people's hearts, but 
also their minds. 

Each of the 10 interfaith banquets over 
the last three years has attracted over 
100 people, with community members 
and faculty joining the students. It helps 
that some professors on campus give 
extra credit to their students for attending, 
particularly Dr. Renee Norris, an assistant 
professor of music who teaches world 
music, or members of the Religion and 
Philosophy 
or Art depart- 
ments. And, 
without the 
wholehearted 
support of 
Hallmark Ser- 
vices, which 
runs the cam- 
pus dining 
halls, people 
would never 

come back. "Nick Milone, Hallmark's gen- 
eral manager at LVC, said, 'Whatever you 
want, we'll do it,'" Fullmer said, adding that 
chef David Rittle heads up the research on 
the ethnic foods, guided by members of 
each faith community that visits LVC. 

As for those interfaith guests, Fullmer 
said, "Typically people are overjoyed to 
have the opportunity to get together and 
share and let people know about their 
traditions." And, the students are probably 
surprised to learn that everyone Fullmer 
has invited is based right here in central 
Pennsylvania. 




16 The Valley 



MSE Students Develop Training 
Manuals for Haitian Teachers 



Every morning before her first-grade 
students in the Derry Township School 
District enter her classroom, Marianne 
Brace Purdy, a current master of science 
education student, glances at a photo 
on her wall of a far less affluent group 
of students and teachers from Les Bon 
Samaritains school in Haiti. The photo is 
a framed thank-you gift to her for co-writ- 
ing a teacher training manual on the best 




MSE students Marianne Brace Purdy (left) 
and Amanda Deibert '03 pose with the 
science training manual they created far 
students (above, left) at Les Bons Samaritains 
(above right) school in Haiti. 



practices for teaching 
science. She and an- 
other master of science 
education student, 

Amanda Deibert '03, completed the man- 
ual as part of an independent study project. 

"As a teacher, this has been one of the 
most rewarding experiences of my career," 
Purdy said. "I am not only making a differ- 
ence for my students, but for students in 
another part of the world." 

Two years ago, under the direction of 
MSE Adjunct Instructor Jeff Remington, 
Purdy and Deibert began work on the 
training manual to help elementary school 
teachers in the poorest country in the 
Western Hemisphere learn the best, research- 
based practices for teaching science. It is 
extremely rare for any formal science in- 
struction to be offered in Haitian elemen- 
tary schools. 

Remington flew to the island nation of 
Haiti in November with the manual Purdy 
and Deibert wrote and used it during a 
teacher-training session he led at Les Bon 
Samaritains school. The LVC manual and 
training session were very well received. 




Even though she has yet to travel to Haiti, 
Purdy said, "I have become emotionally 
attached to the children of Haiti. I hope 
to travel there someday to visit and teach 
science." 

Her project partner, Deibert, agreed. "I 
am very proud to have had a part in the 
early development of a science program for 
Les Bon Samaritains school and hope to 
continue my involvement in this remark- 
able project. 

"This project was challenging for several 
reasons," Deibert added. The teachers of 
Haiti speak French and live in the poorest 
of conditions. They have limited science 
equipment, and many of these teachers do 
not have experience with science inquiry 
skills. Any supplies donated to the school 
must be hand delivered, which makes it 
difficult to offer them books or science 
equipment. 



A Poem by Sally McNall Inspires an Interdisciplinary Performance 



Six powerful words, all beginning with the letter "R," inspired 
California poet Dr. Sally McNall to create a poem, Six Wooden 
Blocks. Her poem also inspired her friend, LVC Artist-in-Residence 
G. Daniel Massad, to create a still life in pastel of the same name 
and LVC Music Professor Dr. Scott Eggert to create a musical com- 
position. 

Revenge, remorse, repentance, regret, remembrance, and 
release are the subject of all three works, all titled Six Wooden 
Blocks. The trio of artists gathered at LVC in late February for an 
unusual event that showcased the interdependence of poetry, 
painting, and music. 

McNall read her poem, Eggert, aided by three internationally 
known musicians, premiered his chamber music, and Massad 
unveiled his painting. The artists repeated the event a day later 
at The Pennsylvania State University's Palmer Museum of Art in 
State College to kick off a solo show of Massad's work. One of 
the nation's most highly regarded artists who works in pastel, 
Massad displayed 15 of his works in the exhibition, which contin- 
ues until the end of May. 

Composer Dr. Scott Eggert (left), poet 

Dr. Sally McNall, and artist G. Daniel Massad 

are pictured in the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery 

with a print of Massad s still life, 

Six Wooden Blocks. 



A limited edition digital print of Massad's Six Wooden Blocks 
(see page 11) is available by contacting LVC's Suzanne H. Arnold 
Art Gallery at 717.867.6397. The print depicts a tall, still life of 
detritus, including six blocks (children's and printer's blocks) with 
the letter "R" on them. 

Eggert's composition is a six-movement trio for violin, cello, 
and clarinet, with each movement inspired by one of the six 
"R" words. The trio also played three other chamber works by 
Eggert, including the world premiere of a piece called Go. 




Spring 2008 17 



You Go 



Mimi Sullivan '08 



The 2007-08 school year may wi 

go down as one of the most memorable in recent history for 
Lebanon Valley College athletics. An NCAA final four ap- 
pearance, three Commonwealth Conference championship 
game appearances, five conference playoff appearances, and 
three 20-win seasons later, the year has been a successful one 
for the Flying Dutchmen — and that's just through the fall and 
winter seasons. 

The common thread through it all was the performance of 
some outstanding freshmen. Three LVC student-athletes earned 
Commonwealth Conference rookie of the year honors, and 
many more made impacts on their teams. 

In the fall, the LVC field hockey squad made its second 
straight run to the NCAA final four after an unbeaten 19-0 
regular season. The Dutchmen ran up against unbeaten and 
eventual national champion Bowdoin College in the NCAA 
semifinals, and gave the Polar Bears all they could handle de- 
spite losing 1-0. The team sported two All-Americans — Mimi 
Sullivan '08 and Alex Wolfe '09— while Head Coach 





Laurel Martin was named the regional and Commonwealth 
Conference Coach of the Year. Sullivan also earned her second 
consecutive conference player of the year honor, and Shelly 
Lobach '11 was named the conference rookie of the year. 

Meanwhile, in the gym, the volleyball team was busy post- 
ing its seventh-straight 20-win season with a 22-10 campaign 
that saw them advance to the Commonwealth Conference 
championship game and the ECAC South tournament. Under 
Head Coach Wayne Perry '78, the Dutchmen also sported 
the Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year in Joelle 
Snyder '11, who was also a first-team all-conference pick. 

One of the best stories was saved for the winter, however. 
After a 7-17 season in 2006-07, the women's basketball team 
was picked fifth in the conference pre-season poll and wasn't 
even expected to make the playoffs. With second-year Head 
Coach Todd Goclowskf s first recruiting class in place, the 
Dutchmen put four freshmen in the starting line-up and de- 
fied expectations by going 14-0 to start the season. The Valley 
went on to the Commonwealth Conference championship 
game, where it narrowly lost to eventual NCAA national 
finalist Messiah College, and earned a berth in the ECAC 
South tournament, advancing to the championship game. 
Their 24-6 record, compared to a year before, set a program 
record for wins and marked the best single-year improvement 
in NCAA Division III history. Lori Lidlow '11 led the team 
in scoring and was named the Commonwealth Conference 
Co-Rookie of the Year, becoming the first freshman in 13 
years to be named first-team all-conference. 



LVC Students Offer 
Free Tax Return Help 



Lebanon County taxpayers who need- 
ed help with their federal, state, and local 
tax returns received that help for free 
from certified, volunteer tax preparers 
at the College thanks to a program initi- 
ated by John Grigsby, assistant professor 
of business administration. He founded 
the Lebanon Valley College Institute for 
Financial Literacy (LVCIFL) in spring 2007 
to provide financial planning and counsel- 
ing to residents of Lebanon County with 
low and moderate incomes. 

Grigsby, along with 12 Lebanon Valley 
College student volunteers, were certi- 
fied by the Internal Revenue Service to 
prepare tax returns as part of the "Money 
in Your Pocket" program. LVCIFL volun- 
teers met with tax filers by appointment 
and on three "Super Saturdays" through- 
out the tax season. Lebanon County has 
one of the largest populations of illiterate 
and low-income individuals in Pennsyl- 
vania. 

In summer 2007 LVCIFL entered into a 
partnership with the Community Action 
Commission in Harrisburg, the Lebanon 
County United Way, the Internal Revenue 
Service, and the Pennsylvania Department 
of Revenue to train student volunteers at 
various local colleges, universities, and 
law schools. 

The LVC students passed a grueling ex- 
amination before they could be certified 
to assist taxpayers with federal, state, 
and local tax returns. In addition to tax 
preparation, LVCIFL offers free e-File ser- 
vices for both federal and Pennsylvania 
tax returns, including direct deposit of 
refunds. 

The students have helped some 200 
Lebanon County residents. 




'Think Pink" Raises Over $3,400 
To Fight Breast Cancer 



Lebanon Valley College s 

first-ever "Think Pink" women's 

basketball game on Feb. 6 raised 

more than $3,400 for the American 

Cancer Society (ACS) of Lebanon 

to help in the fight against breast 

cancer. 
LVC s match-up against Lycoming 

College drew a program-record 

1,310 fans, and the two teams gave 

those in attendance a fantastic show 

as the Dutchmen pulled out a 76- 

75 win in overtime. In addition to a $1,000 check from LVC presented 

to the ACS before the game, fan contributions added another $2,400 to 

the total. 
The "Think Pink" initiative was started by the Women's Basketball 

Coaches of America as a way to raise awareness about breast cancer. 

Each year, more than 700 colleges and universities around the coun- 
try participate in "Think Pink" games to show their support. Fans are 

encouraged to wear pink to the game, and LVC asked attendees to make 

a donation in lieu of an admission charge. "What a wonderful event it 

was, despite being about such a difficult subject as cancer," said LVC 

Head Women's Coach Todd 
Goclowski. "We talked about 
our challenges on the court and 
how they pale in comparison to 
someone experiencing that bat- 
tle." 

The night was full of raffle 
prizes and giveaways thanks to 
dozens of local businesses that 
supported the event. Local youth 

league teams from Eastern Lebanon County and Annville Elementary 

schools played before the game and at halftime. 
The College's major fund-raiser for cancer research is the Relay for 

Life. This year, LVC raised approximately $35,000 at that event, which 

takes place each spring. For more information on the battle against breast 

cancer, visit the ACS at cancer.org. 




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valley news 



LVC Volunteers Help to Rebuild New Orleans — Again 



While many of their peers were relaxing on beaches, 26 
students and eight staff members put in hours of hard work 
in Louisiana for Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge, 
one of the country's largest alternative spring break programs. 
They spent five days in early March helping to rebuild several 
houses in the New Orleans area that was hit hard by Hurricane 
Katrina in 2005. 

Donna Miller, readers' services librarian and a volunteer on 
the College's 2006 trip to New Orleans, knew that seeing the 
damage that still remains over two years after the hurricane 
would be a challenge. 

"Some of the houses are fixed up and look normal," said 
Miller. "Others have been gutted and sit empty, and still others 
are gone and the foundations are all that remain." She said the 
upper Ninth Ward has few debris piles, "but still, plenty of 
houses had heavy damage — missing roofs, damaged roofs, or 
portions of the walls were gone." 

And yet, she saw hope. "The 
Walgreens, which was the only 
store open two years ago, is 
now surrounded by other 
businesses that amazingly are 
open and look almost normal." 
In addition to raising walls, 
shingling roofs, and caulking 
around windows and doors, 
volunteers spent time at a lo- 





cal animal shelter. There, they walked dogs, cleaned cages, and 
helped to administer medications. They also helped remove 
brush and growth from the New Orleans State Park. 

The Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer, LVC's chaplain and trip orga- 
nizer, said, "By the end of the week, not only had the students 
learned how to build a house, but they also saw how their ac- 
tions can help improve people's lives by providing safe, decent, 
affordable shelter through a Habitat for Humanity home." 

To view photos, volunteers' blog entries, and details of the 
trip, visit www.lvc.edu/about-lvc/katrina2008. 



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Faculty itCinema 

Dr. Christopher Brazfield, associate professor of mathematical 
sciences, and Dr. Christopher Heffner, visiting assistant professor 
of instrumental music, each provided The Valleywlth a list of their 
film favorites. See if you have any in common. 



DR. BRAZFIELD RECOMMENDS: 

1. Schindler's List — One of the most powerful movie experi- 
ences of all time. As great as the others are, its the only must-see 
on this list. 

2. Star Wars — While The Empire Strikes Back is the better movie, 
the original changed Hollywood and has shaped recent popular 
culture more than any other film. 

3. Toy Story 2 — A technical marvel about the very adult issues of 
growing old, loyalty, and friendship. It's great that you can watch 
it with the kids, too. 

4. Pulp Fiction — Although I have a soft spot for Reservoir Dogs, 
Tarantino is at his best in this intertwined, sophisticated tale of 
crime and the criminals who commit it. The dialog is lyrical. 

5. Unforgiven — If there was any doubt that Clint Eastwood is 
one of the great filmmakers of our time, this elegant tale erases it. 

6. Bad(der) Santa — I've hurt myself laughing at this one. 

7. Cooi Hand Luke — It is THE iconic story of indomitable will. 

8. The Apostle — Robert Duvall's story of a fallen man, a human 
who seeks redemption, is beautiful. If you think it's about hypoc- 
risy, you missed the point. 

9. A League of Their Own — Every young girl should watch this 
one. It's also among the best sports movies out there. 

10. Die xue jie tou (Bullet in the Head)— John Woo's tale of jus- 
tice and friendship. Bullet in the Head is the film that comes to 
mind when I think of Hong Kong cinema. 

DR. HEFFNER RECOMMENDS: 

1. Die Hard — One of the greatest action movies ever made. I love 
the use of lighting by John McTiernan. 

2. Evil Dead 2 — Great B movie. Sam Raimi before Spiderman. 
Great editing techniques, and Bruce Campbell makes movies epic. 

3. Poltergeist — One of my favorite horror films ... made my wife 
watch it on our first date. 

4. Three O'Clock High — A school nerd spends the entire day try- 
ing anything to get out of a fight with the most notorious school 
bully. 

5. Raiders of the Lost Ark— Best of the Indiana Jones flicks. 

6. Jaws — Who doesn't sing the theme to terrorize younger sib- 
lings while swimming? 

7. The Empire Strikes Back — Best of the Star Wars series. 

8. Scream — I love this movie, because it is smarter than a typical 
horror film. 

9. John Carpenter's The Thing — Fantastic movie ... Kurt Russell 
just as you like him. 

10. Jackie Chan flicks — I love 'em, and there are no wires (for the 
most part). 



Students Memorialize War Dead 
in Social Justice Day Exhibit 

LVC students assembled 3,849 small, wooden crosses for a 
Social Justice Day exhibit on Nov. 8. There was one cross for 
every U.S. fatality in the Iraq War up to that day. The exhibition 
on the Academic Quad was one of the few events last fall in cen- 
tral Pennsylvania designed to spark interest and discussion on the 
Iraq War and other concerns. 

Materials on display focused on various global conflicts from 
the 20th century to the present. The students provided a number of 
donation cups in support of non-profit and global organizations 
that work to end injustices, including Amnesty International 
and the Southern Law Poverty Center. James Felton, director of 
multicultural affairs at LVC, helped students organize the event. 




Students interested in social justice issues continued their com- 
mitment in January by giving up three days of their semester 
break to participate in the College s first Social Justice Institute. 
The institute, organized by the offices of Multicultral Affairs and 
Student Activities, offered a number of training modules on able- 
ism, racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexualism. 



Spring 2008 21 



class news & notes 



NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania 
unless otherwise noted. 



'40* 



The Rev. Dale Beittel '45 and his wife, 
Barbara Kolb Beittel '47, are well and keep- 
ing active. Barbara is teaching a course spon- 
sored by Marietta College s Learning in Re- 
tirement curriculum: "Understanding the 
Fundamentals of Music." Dale is pastor emer- 
itus at Christ United Methodist Church, 
Marietta, Ohio. 




Ralph T. Barnes Jr. '49 and his wife, Jasmine, 
reside at a retirement center in Fort Myers, 
Fla. They were able to attend their grand- 
daughter s prep school graduation in Dallas, 
Texas, in June. 



'50* 



Willis H. Hackman '50 expressed his grati- 
tude for the article on Mt. Gretna in the fall 
2007 The Valley magazine. "The layout is 
elegant, the photography superb, the writ- 
ing excellent," wrote Willis. "Thank you for 
stimulating memories of Mt. Gretna with 
your interesting and informative pieces." He 
related that several years ago he wrote a me- 
moir for his extended family and friends, in 
which he included his Mt. Gretna recol- 
lections and experiences as a child in the 
1930s. His many accomplishments since his 
LVC days include playing trombone profes- 
sionally with the Alabama Orchestra, U.S. 
Air Force Band, Nashville Orchestra, and 
many dance bands. He is a professor emeri- 
tus of music at Austin Peay State University 
in Clarksville, Tenn., where he taught for 
32 years. 

Joseph D. Rojahn '50 recendy received the 
Dallastown Outstanding Citizen Award for 
outstanding betterment and development of 
the community. He was an administrator in 
the Dallastown Area Schools for 31 years, 
followed by 20 years of service as an adjunct 
professor in the education department at York 



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♦ J 9 In addition to volun- 

i^S H teering in many capa- 

fi M I cities in the borough, 

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B^t ' A at Bethlehem United 

■ i fl I Methodist Church, as 
^™* ^^^^^ well as the children's 
director for 25 years. He has been a tenor 
soloist in the York area for many years, and 
is a lyricist for various composers. His work 
has been published by such companies as 
Shawnee Press, Warner Bros. Music, and 
others. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been 
married 52 years. Their son is David 
Rojahn '78. 

Floyd M. Baturin '51 is a partner in the law 
firm of Baturin & Baturin, which is celebrat- 
ing its 90th anniversary of providing legal 
services to the greater Harrisburg area. The 
firm was founded in 1917 by M.S. Baturin; 
today, five family members representing 
three generations are active in the practice 
of law. 

Richard "Shorty" Fields '51 and his wife, 
Lynne, celebrated their 50th wedding anni- 
versary on Aug. 18, 2007. Dick is a retired 
teacher and school administrator from the 
Lebanon School District and is now a state 
constable. He is board president of the 
Lebanon County Mental Health/Mental 
Retardation Program, a member of the 
Cleona Borough Council, the Lebanon- 
Dauphin Borough Association, the Penn- 
sylvania State Borough Association, and 
the Renova Center board of directors. The 
Fields are members of Immanuel United 
Methodist Church in Cleona. 

Ruth Anne Brown Zimmerman '51 re- 
tired in December 2006 after 13 years as a 
medical technologist at the Denver Veterans 
Affairs Medical Center in Colorado. She 
recendy toured England and Ireland. While 
visiting family in September, she stopped by 
LVC s Alumni Programs Office. Ruth con- 
tinues to sing in the Colorado Symphony 
Chorus. 




At the young age of 80, Bruce R. Kegerize 
'53 continues to take courses at the Evan- 
gelical School of Theology, Myerstown, to 
learn about the Bible. To date he has taken 
16 courses. 

Betty Criswell Hungerford '54 received a 
YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence 
2008 award. This award honors outstanding 
women who have made significant contri- 
butions to the communities and/or their 
companies or organizations. Her picture, as 
well as an article on the recipients, was pub- 
lished in the March 2008 issue of Harrisburg 
Magazine. 

The Rev. Clarence D. Ulrich '55 and his 

wife, Pauline, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary with an open house at Cornwall 
Manor, where they reside. Clarence is retired 
from Avon United Methodist Church in 
Lebanon. 



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JUNE 13-15, 2008 



Robert F. Doster '58 is an adjunct professor 
conducting the wind ensemble and teaching 
percussion at Polk Community College in 
Florida. His wife, Barbara Geltz Doster '58, 
is retired and enjoying her freedom. 

Charlotte Pierson Frazier '58 was recently 
cast in the National Geographic documen- 
tary film, Footsteps in the Sand. Her book 
The New Natural Cat: A Complete Guide for 
Finnicky Owners, first published in 1981, is 
being re-released this year in an expanded 
and updated version. 

Glenda Wilson Kirker '58 recendy retired 
after teaching more than 20 years in the state 
of California. 

Bernerd A. Buzgon, Esq., '59 was recendy 
named the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Com- 
merces Ambassador of the Year. In Septem- 
ber 2007, he was selected as the Community 



22 The Valley 



of Lebanon Association's Business Person of 
the Year. 

The Hon. Wayne G. Hummer '59 recently 
retired after serving 28 years as a judge on 
the Lancaster County Court of Common 
Pleas. 



'60 




Nancy Kulp Thorner '60 

visited LVC in August 
2007 and was amazed at 
the changes to the campus. 
She said there was little 
she recognized from when 
she graduated in 1960. 



The Rev. Dr. William "WUlie" K. Glaser 
'61, retired since 2002, has been serving 
for the last four years as chaplain at Parker 
Valley Hope, a drug and alcohol rehabilita- 
tion center in Colorado. 

Marylouise Burke '62 opened on Broad- 
way in November in a newly discovered 
play by Mark Twain, titled Is He Dead? The 
never-before-produced play was discovered 
by a Twain scholar in a file cabinet in a 
University of California library. David Ives 
adapted the piece for its world premiere at 
the Lyceum Theatre. Burke plays the role of 
a landlady in the comedy, which concerns a 
group of starving artists who stage the death 
of their mentor in an effort to increase the 
value of his work. 

Kay Steiner Kelbley '62 is the director of 
the Family Services Bureau and Women's 
and Children's Emergency Shelter in Dayton, 
Ohio. Prior to this, she worked as a social 
worker for the Montgomery County Com- 
bined Health District, a Child Welfare super- 
visor and caseworker for the Montgomery 
County Children's Service Board, a medi- 
cal social worker for both the Buffalo Chil- 
dren's Hospital and the Dayton Psychiatric 
Hospital, and a disaster caseworker for the 
American Red Cross. She serves on the 
boards of the Interfaith Hospital Network, 
the AIDS Foundation, and the Samaritan 
Advisory Committee. She is a charter mem- 
ber of the Emergency Housing Coalition, 
and was its chair. She has also chaired the 
Shelter Providers Committee of the Emer- 
gency Housing Coalition for nine years. 

Robert Bollinger Lee '62 was recendy in- 
ducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall 
of Fame. He worked at KMSB and KTTU 




BY DR. SUSAN VERHOEK 



Over a period of 30 years, a water feature at Lvc has 

been a stream, then a lake, then a dry lake, and now a stream-fed wetland. This rapid 
ecological succession might have been the subject of much student study except that 
the College accelerated its pace. A small stream is fed by several springs to the north 
of the athletic fields road near Heilman Center. Back when the practice fields were 
farmland, the stream, in a ditch, divided the cornfield from the College property. The 
College subsequendy purchased the farm and did extensive grading and landscaping 
to make a small lake, complete with bridge and a small island. The College even pur- 
chased black swans, and geese flocked there as well. But the water from the springs 
was warmed in the lake before it continued into the Quittapahilla Creek, which con- 
cerned the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), because it 
was too warm for aquatic life downstream. Then the lake sprang a leak and dried out, 
which concerned the Board of Trustee's Facilities Committee. Not knowing if the 
lake bottom could be plugged, the College made plans to restore the lake area back 
to a native wetland. 

Now the stream meanders through a broad depression, ringed with such moisture- 
tolerant Pennsylvania trees as serviceberry, American sycamore, black gum, and bald 
cypress. Nearby, clumps of shrubs occupy the spaces where the Canada geese once 
congregated. Some of these, like the winterberry holly, are special cultivar selections 
previously planted to assure outstanding red color in winter. Wild variety native shrubs 
offer other interest or food and cover for various animals. 
Early in the spring, spicebush shows off with small 
yellow blooms, and later the spicebush butterfly cater- 
pillars eat its leaves. 

Animal cover is provided by arrowwood viburnum, 
smooth alder, red osier dogwood, and elderberry. 
Eventually, the elderberry shrubs's flat, lacy, white in- 
florescences treat birds, kids, and others to dark purple 
fruits. Closer to the water are plantings of blue iris and 
swamp mallow colored pink, red, or white. Living with 
these showy specimens are a mix of rushes and sedges, 
all with grassy leaves. True grasses and herbs from 70 

species, in four environmentally specific wild plant seed mixes, will stud the wedands 
area with flowers of milkweed, aster, partridge pea, spiderwort, bergamont, joe-pye- 
weed, and a host of others. 

Given this start, the plan is then to let the wetland develop as it will. Happily, this 
beginning promises an annual changing panoply of color, seed, and animal visitors in 
the LVC wetlands. It will be a great place for nature lovers and students to explore. 

Dr. Susan Verhoek is a professor of biology at Lebanon Valley College and 
the director of the LVC Arboretum. 




Spring 2008 23 



For Alan Paynter, Dive 
Than One Meanir 



lore 



by Natalie Hope McDonald '97 



i, 



t f you had asked Alan Paynter what he wanted to be when he grew up, he might 
have said a dentist, a teacher, or a football player. But he probably wouldn't have said 
an admission counselor. Fortunately for LVC, after many years in the non-profit sector, 
Paynter now leads diversity recruitment on campus. 

"My grandmother always preached that education is where it starts," said Paynter, a 
New Jersey native who holds degrees from both Kutztown and Duquesne universities. 
"I didn't know what I wanted to do, just that I wanted to do more with my life." It's 
one of the reasons this marathon runner has an innate understanding of what many 
incoming students are experiencing in their own young lives, and what it takes to beat 
the odds. 

"His ability to build relationships with almost anyone is outstanding," said William 
Brown Jr. '79, LVC's vice president of enrollment, "people, 
particularly students, meet with him once and get an immediate 
sense of comfort." 

Paynter s own sense of self grew out of a very influential re- 
lationship with his grandmother, Ethel R. Lawrence. She is con- 
sidered to be the Rosa Parks of the affordable housing move- 
ment thanks to her advocacy for African-Americans and others 
from low- and moderate-income families, starting in the 1960s. 
Lawrence raised Paynter for many years when he was a young 
boy. "She used to say, "They can take your money away. They 
can evict you. But they can't take away your degree,'" he said. 
"When you have an education, the sky's the limit." 

His grandmother died in 1994 as Paynter was embarking on 
his undergraduate studies. He went on to play college football 
and to earn a master's degree. You might even say it was in his 
genes. The passionate sportsman's great uncle is a Penn State 
Hall of Famer who played for the Green Bay Packers in the 
first-ever Super Bowl. 
During the six years Paynter has been at LVC, the energetic assistant director has 
launched several diversity initiatives, including Meet the Multicultural Admission 
Counselor, fondly known as "Meet the MAC." Paynter, along with counselors from 
more than a dozen other private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New 
Jersey, visits high schools throughout the region to discuss admission, financial aid, and 
academic programs. "When they get past the cows and the cornfields, students realize 
LVC is really in a wonderful place," he said. 

"These high school students not only learn about each of the colleges, but the bene- 
fits of going to small liberal arts colleges," said Keo Oura Kounlavong, LVC's assistant 
director of admission, who helps Paynter with the tour. "We have also hosted campus 
visits by high schools that have a large minority population." 

Paynter is planning more outreach within local communities. He also hopes to help 
develop a multicultural alumni group to invite back to campus for special events and to 
mentor students. "I want to be a resource as my grandmother was," said Paynter, who's 
already godfather to one alumnus' son. "I came here and found out what I wanted to 
be when I grew up," said the husband and father of three. Paynter s wife, Jennifer, is now 
a student on campus. 

Former student Greg Sneed '07 said Paynter was an invaluable resource when he 
was a freshman. "When I came to Lebanon Valley, I initially was alienated from the 
mainstream world of college," said Sneed, who's now working with Paynter to create a 
local alumni chapter of the international, predominately African-American fraternity 
Iota Phi Theta. Paynter was initiated into Iota Phi Theta at Kutztown in 1994 and 
started a chapter at LVC in 2003. "Being a minority on campus at first seemed weird; 
however, Alan helped me channel what I had already been aware of, which is that ac- 
ceptance is possible from many people, from many different walks of life." 

Natalie Hope McDonald '97 is a freelance writer in Philadelphia. 




class news ef* notes 



Channel 1 8 as community relations coor- 
dinator and public affairs director for 10 
years. His community assistance works in- 
clude the Awareness House anti-drug abuse 
program; Open Inn, an organization that 
gives aid to runaways; and the Tucson Rape 
Crisis Center. He is vice president of the 
Tucson Pima Art Council and is a member 
of the ArtWORKS Academy board. 



CO CLASS REUNION 



I cf?/mwlWee6efid 
-■ JUNE 13-15, 2008 




Members of the Class of 1964 recently gathered 
in Las Vegas for a reunion. Attendees included 
(L to r.) row 1: George Thomas, Janet Bisbing 
Jude CasseU row 2: Steve Hildreth, Hannah 
Pisle Kaufinann, Carl Sayers, Don Burns; row 
3: Ken Lee, Walter Hampsher, Terry Lenker, 
Gary Castrischer, Don Kaufinann; and row 4: 
Ron Kresge, Jim Beck, Jon Yost. 

Dr. Robert C. Lau '65, a local composer, 
educator, and church musician, had his 
choral and organ works featured by the Hin- 
shaw Music Company at the annual Cele- 
bration workshop held in Raleigh, N.C., last 
August. Hinshaw is one of the leading music 
publishers in the U.S. 

Since retiring in October 1994 after a 27- 
year career at the Army Research Lab in Aber- 
deen Proving Ground in Maryland, Barry 
Lynn Reichard '65 has been working part- 
time as the farm tour and electrical manager 
at Cherry Crest Farm in Ronks. 

Audrey Wahler Smith '65 and her husband, 
George, enjoyed a tour of Italy and a week 
in Tuscany with LVC friends, Linda Slonaker 
Conrad '64 and Edgar "Ed" Conrad '64. 



24 The Valley 



Dr. Robert Enck '67, a leading expert in 
palliative care, has joined the faculty of 
East Tennessee State University's James H. 
Quillen College of Medicine. He is the 
author of The Medical Care of Terminally III 
Patients, a book published in 1994, with 
a second edition in 2002. He is editor-in- 
chief of The American Journal of Hospice 
and Palliative Medicine and the Journal of 
Opioid Management, a contributing editor 
to Hospice Forum, and a member of the 
editorial board for the Journal of * Healthcare 
Safety, Compliance and Infection Control. 

The Rev. Donald B. Kitchell '67 has been 
the pastor at Life Tabernacle Messianic 
Church in Gilmer, Texas, for 19 years. He is 
also in his 10th year as assistant band direc- 
tor at Gladewater middle and high schools. 

Carol Clark Williams '67 was appointed 
poet laureate of York by Mayor John Brenner 
'90. Her duties for this two-year term include 
teaching workshops, organizing events, and 
having a special honorary role teaching po- 
etry in the high schools. Over the years she 
has published several poetry books, and won 
a number of prizes for her poetry. 



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.2008 



Capt Michael D. Curley '68 was recendy 
appointed associate director, Center for 
Research and Education in Special Envi- 
ronments (Medical School), at the University 
at Buffalo. 

Jonna-Lynn (Jonalyn) Knauer Mandel- 
baum '69 had her book, Malarial Fevers, re- 
leased by Dog Ear Publishing. It is a histori- 
cal novel based on the diaries and personal 
papers of a pioneer missionary woman in 
Mozambique in the 1880s. 



'70y 



Larry A. Bowman '70, president of the 
Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, has 
been elected to the Pennsylvania Chamber 
of Commerce Executives' board of directors. 



Alumna's Career Path 
Leads to Homeland Security 



by Lori Myers 



W, 



hen Beth Jones '72 glances out her 1 1th floor office windows in 
Arlington, Va„ the view is a constant and sobering reminder of her mission at 
the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The view extends 
from the Potomac River to Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, and over 
the Pentagon. 

After five years as a high school English teacher and 25 years in private in- 
dustry, Jones is now the public liaison officer for the Transportation Security 
Administration at DHS. She has been in federal service for five years. 

"The tragic events of 9/1 1 were definitely a factor in my coming to DHS," 
Jones explained. "On that fateful day, as a 23-year veteran employee at United 
Airlines, I stood in front of the televi- 
sion as that second aircraft slammed 
into the South Tower of the World 
Trade Center. I knew that something 
was terribly wrong." 

She joined the department under 
the leadership of former Pennsylvania 
Governor Tom Ridge, first secretary of 
Homeland Security. "It was an honor 
to transition to his department," said 
Jones. "He has many times referred to 
me as, 'the girl from Lebanon Valley,' 
and I have always found that to be en- 
dearing. I know that he thinks highly of 
our respected institution." 

Jones holds a master of arts degree 
in American studies from The Penn- 
sylvania State University, and was an 
English major during her undergradu- 
ate years at LVC. She was a cheerleader 
for all four years and a member of Delta 
Lamda Sigma sorority. Both her late 
parents received their undergraduate 
degrees from the Valley. She credits all 
of her professors for encouraging critical 

thinking and stressing the importance of good analytical skills especially, profes- 
sors emeriti of English, Dr. Art Ford '59 and the late Dr. Agnes O'Donnell. 

"Our minds were stretched at the Valley," she said. "It was a difficult time in 
history. There was a lot going on in the world. We were in an insular environ- 
ment, a small community, yet our professors were imploring us to think glob- 
ally — but no one used the term 'global' then. They were preparing us for the 
21st century." 

Lori Myers is a freelance writer from Harrisburg. 




Spring 2008 25 




it LYC or planning to enrol! — a 16-year trend tint's likely to continue untiJ 201 1 
when Adam, a freshman, is slated to graduate. 

Remarkable? Incredible? Unheard or? Maybe, but to the Hansell brothers, all 
graduate* of nearby Lebanon High School* it was simply the right thing to do. Jason 
*99, Nathan '02, Chris *Q6, t links -09, and Adam "1 1 have taken the tendency to 
fallow in a sibling's footsteps to a whole new level. 

"If always seemed like a natural progression," Nathan said of the family commit- 
ment co LVG. *Il didn't really register before, but looking back now, it does seem 
odd. It was an independent decision for each of us, We never ail set out to attend 
LVC, bur we decided it was right for each of us." 

"1 honestly cannot tell you how it came about, 1 said f.ison, with a chuckle. "Our 
entin family is pretty close. I cotildnt see any of us going too fat from home. I think 
the biggest disagreement we evet had as kids was which cartoon to watch, I count 
my hlessin^s. I feel weVe all been fortunate to go to Lebanon VaJley. , ' 

Nor only do the brothers share [he same college, they also share a deep nm-resr 
in the same majors — and, in Jason's, Nathan's, and Chris' case, the same profession. 
All five: of the brothers have majored* or plan to major, in either matheman 

ics at Lebanon Valley. And fason, Nathan, and Chris have all chosen to become 
teachers. Jason and Nathan are maintaining their brotherly togetherness as physics 
teachers at Cedar Crest High School in South Lebanon Twp., while Chris is busy 
teaching maih at his alma mater, Lebanon High. Charles, meanwhile, is majoring 
in math, and Adam plans to concentrate on physics in his studies. In addition, all 
five brothers ate musically inclined. They all participated in marching band in high 
school 

At one time, jason. Nathan, and Chris all taught at Cedar Crest at the same time* 
something that gtcatly amused them and confused some of their students, *Tt was 
always a hoot," said Jason. "The kids would come in and say* 'How many brothers 
do you haver' And we'd say, Touve almost filled your \ lanscll quota fot cbc d a\." 

"We ate all very math and science-oriented, 1 " said Nathan. 1 love to talk pbysi< ^ 
with them. It gives us something to talk about around the dinner table.* 1 In Nathan's 
case, his love of physics was only enhanced by his experiences with Lebanon Val 
Physics Department. He continues to hold his physics professors in very high regard. 
to tact, Nathan occasionally still attends lectures at the College, and he has elected to 
pursue his masters degree at Lebanon Valley as well. 

"What kept me here were the professors," said Nathan. "1 do not have the words 
to sneak highly enough of all of them. I still enjoy interacting with them." 

as been a good fit financially for the Hansell family as welL ' k W 
been fortunate with scholarships and grants, and the halt-off tuition/ 1 said Jason. 
*Tm very thankful for thar." 

Pat Muggins is a freel" 
tiw Lebanon Daily " 



class news & notes 



Dorothy Ann Bassett Lewis '70 is a pre- 
kindergarten teacher at Newtown Square 
Presbyterian Nursery School, as well as a 
therapeutic riding instructor for Reins of 
Life, which provides equestrian therapy for 
children and young adults with special needs. 

senior pastor at St. Pauls United Methodist 
Church in State College. Ed served as presi- 
dent of the United Theological Seminary in 
Dayton, Ohio, for eight years. Prior to mov- 
ing to Dayton, he was the conference coun- 
cil director for the Central PA Conference 
of the United Methodist Church in Har- 
risburg. 

John Bitner '71 presented the Tom Lecture 
on Economics at the College to over 80 
students this past fall. The lecture is named 
in honor of the late Dr. C.F. Joseph Tom, 
LVC emeritus professor of economics, who 
taught at the Valley for 35 years. John is the 
senior vice president and chief economist 
of the Eastern Investment Advisors and fre- 
quently appears on CNBC. 

Paul S. Fisher '71 was honored with the 
Jim Vierdieck Award by the Professional 
Tennis Registry as the National High School 
Tennis Coach of the Year. He received the 
2007 Braddock District Champion of 
Character by the Fairfax County Athletic 
Council and the Fairfax County Department 
of Community and Recreation Services. 
Paul has been coaching tennis at Robinson 
Secondary School in Fairfax, Va., for 15 
years. 

Deborah Simmons Lawton '72 is the 

director of the Cummings Library at The 
Pine School in Hobe Sound, Fla. She has 
been recognized in Who's Who in American 
Education; Who's Who in America; and Who's 
Who in American Women. 



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JUNE 13-15. 2008 



The Rev. Robert P. Glick 73 recently pub- 
lished a book, With All Thy Mind: Worship 
That Honors the Way God Made Us (The 
Alban Institute, 2006). He is in his 20th 
year of teaching at Erskine College and 
Theological Seminary, Due West, S.C. 



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Elizabeth Todd Lambert '73 is the first-ever 
chief executive officer of LancasterARTS. 
She is responsible for upgrading its web site 
and collaborating with the Downtown 
Investment District and the city to make 
Lancaster an arts destination. 

After 33 years of teaching, Scott X Sener '73 
recently retired from the Manheim Central 
School District. He was twice named Man- 
heim Central Elementary Teacher of the Year. 

Dr. Robert Bohlander '74 recendy opened 
the Neurosensory Center of Eastern Penn- 
sylania in Kingston. It is a diagnostic and 
treatment center for neurological disorders 
including autism, dizziness, migraines, and 
ADHD. 

Mary De Loache Jennings '74 recendy 
conducted the Heritage Singers in perfor- 
mances of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five 
Mystical Songs and in recent productions of 
Kiss Me Kate and The Sound of Music. She 
is a choral adjudicator, clinician, and an 
American Choral Directors Association re- 
viewer and board member. 

Dr. Francis "Frank" Lichtner Jr. 75 is the 

director of agronomic integration reporting 
at T-Systems International, Inc., San Diego, 
Calif. His most recent assignments involve 
horticultural crop production, development 
of service businesses, and international trade. 

Kenneth A. Seyfert '75 recendy served as 
national moderator for the 2007 meetings 
of the Denominational Investment Loan 
Association held in Denver, Colo. He is the 
executive director for the national Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundation, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

Lynne Phifer Ashman '77 is a public health 
nurse for the Pennsylvania Department of 
Health in Chester. 

Terry J. Bone '77 lives in Norway, where he 
repairs flutes and other woodwind instruments 
for professional players all over Norway and 
Scandinavia. He conducts an elementary 
band, freelances, teaches private lessons, and 
composes. He just finished his first compact 
disc of contemporary Christian worship 
songs in both Norwegian and English. In 
the summer, he travels to Bulgaria where he 
teaches at a Christian Arts Academy in Sofia. 



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JUNE 13-15. 2008 



Amy Hoopes Dellinger '78 was named 
Realtor of the Year by the Lebanon County 
Association of Realtors. She was one of six 
qualified finalists who were nominated. Amy 
is a realtor with Brownstone Real Estate, 
Hershey. 

Jack L. Hobaugh Jr., Esq., '78 is a clerk for 
Chief Judge Tena Campbell in U.S. District 
Court, District of Utah, Salt Lake City. Jack 
received his law degree in May 2007 from 
the University of Denver Sturm College of 
Law. 

Cheryl Blewitt Slavik '78 teaches music two 
days a week at the local elementary school 
and computer training at Computer Learning 
Services in San Diego, Calif. 

Dr. John S. Snoke '78 has been re-elected 
to the Holy Spirit Hospital Ventures board 
of directors, where he has served as chair for 
the past three years. 

Kathleen Lazo Talaat '78 received her cer- 
tification as a registered corporate coach. 
She is a staff development manager at Com- 
munity Living Alliance in Madison, Wis., 
and is an adjunct instructor in the College 
of Business at Cardinal Stritch University in 
Milwaukee. 

Tracy E. Allgier-Baker '79 is co-author of 
a paper, "A Risk Stratification Tool to Assess 
Commercial Influences on Continuing Medi- 
cal Education," published in the Journal of 
Continuing Education in the Health Profes- 
sions. She is director of continuing education 
at the Penn State College of Medicine, 
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

Michael A. Setley, Esq., '79 and Douglas 
P. Rauch, Esq., '85, along with another lo- 
cal attorney, formed the law firm of Sedey, 
Rauch & Bucolo, LLC. They are based in 
Wyomissing. 



Building 

Character 

at Camp 

by Christine Brandt Little 



Pequea Valley Middle School prin- 
cipal Erik Orndorff '93 is looking for a 
few good characters. For the past three sum- 
mers, he and his brother Bob, assistant vice 
president of student affairs at The Pennsylva- 
nia State University, have organized and run 
a three-day character camp at Penn State for 
students entering 9th through 12th grades. 
The camp has recendy attracted the atten- 
tion of the Pennsylvania Higher Education 
Assistance Agency (PHEAA), which last 
year awarded the brothers a grant to under- 
write campers' tuition. 

"We get about 60 to 70 kids," said 
Orndorff. "We set them up in teams and 
then try to get them outside of their com- 
fort zones with activities like karaoke, vol- 
leyball, and rowing. They get to test their 
character and then look at what they can 
learn from their experiences. There's defi- 
nitely a kind of a Survivor feel when they're 
competing against each other — only with- 
out the lions and tigers." 

Together Orndorff and his brother have 
written three books on character education, 
and they are often called to speak on the 
topic at state and national conventions. A 
former elementary school teacher and assis- 
tant principal, Orndorff is currendy work- 
ing toward his doctorate in educational 
leadership at Immaculata College. For a 
time, he also coached football at Franklin 
& Marshall College. 

Orndorff credits his years at LVC for teach- 
ing him the importance of good character. "I 
received a lot of individual attention that I 
wouldn't have received at other schools, and 
that really trained me on an academic level," 
he said. "But being a part of the football team 
and other extracurriculars, that's where the 
character development kicked in. I tell my 
students to get involved with extracurricu- 
lars — because why get one education when 
you can get two? 

"When it comes down to it, you get out 
of college what you put into it," he added. 
"Those are some words of wisdom from an 
old guy." Orndorff invites other old-timers to 
contact him at erik_orndorff@pvsd.kl2.pa.us. 

Christine Brandt Little is a freelance 
writer in Gettysburg. 



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'80s 



Lori Ann Morgan Celluzzi '80 is a senior 
patent paralegal with Pillsbury Winthrop 
Shaw Pittman LLP in McLean, Va. 

William M. Glose '81 is the regional direc- 
tor at American Management Association 
in New York City. He also owns Holly Hill 
Nurseries in Bethlehem. 

Denise L. Achey '82 and Guy Berry ex- 
changed wedding vows on July 28, 2007, 
in Frederick, Md. After 22 years as choral 
director and music department chair at 
Middletown High School in Maryland, 
Denise is now the general music teacher at 
Waverley Elementary School in Frederick. 

Timothy J. Smith '82 is a product manager 
for IBM in Virginia. He and his wife, Sara 
Wardell Smith '85, are involved with the 
Westfield Virginia High School band boosters. 



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JUNE 13-15. 2008 



Michael LaPorta Jr. '83 is the principal at 
Freedom High School in the Bethlehem 
Area School District. 

Dr. Clifford L. Leaman '83 recendy returned 
from a trip to Chengdu and Shanghai, 
China, where he performed and taught at 
the Sichuan and Shanghai conservatories. 
A new compact disc he recorded with ma- 
rimba player Scott Herring was released this 
spring. 

Dr. Jeffrey S. Riehl '83 is an associate pro- 
fessor of music at the University of Rich- 
mond in Virginia. He has been the artistic 
director of the James River Singers since 
2001, and is the director of music at Second 
Presbyterian Church in Richmond. 

Brian C. Trust '83 is the senior vice presi- 
dent of investments at Scottish Re Life 
Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. 

Gregory "Greg" A. Weaber '83 is the director 
of human resources at Cornwall Manor. 



Carol Denison Brame '84 has been named 
to the board of the Ronald McDonald House 
Charities of Central Pennsylvania. She is a 
sixth- and seventh-grade teacher at Crossroads 
Middle School, New Cumberland, in the 
West Shore School District. 




For the 31st consecutive year, members of Kappa 
Lambda Sigma had a summer reunion on the 
headwaters of the Delaware River near Narrows- 
burg N. Y After a day of riding the rapids through 
Skinners Falls, the brothers visited the Woodstock 
Music Festival Monument in Bethel, N. Y Pictured 
(L to r.) are Scott Cousin '86, Stanley Sullivan '86, 
Herb Hutchinson '84, Ken Fry '79, Jack Bolger 
'79, Rob McCallion '84, and Jim Bezanson '83. 
Missing from the photo are: Joe Myers '86, Kerry 
Kulp 78, and Ebe Helm '77. 



Anthony "Tony" R. Lamberto '84 and 
Heidi S. Bass '85 were married on July 28, 
2007, on Nauset Beach, on Cape Cod. Their 
five sons served as the groomsmen, and their 
daughter served as the flower girl. 

David B. Williams '85 and Clare Poison 
exchanged wedding vows on May 1 1 , 2007, 
in the Bahamas. 

Cynthia R. Johnston '87 recently received 
a fourth-degree Sa Bom Nim (Korean for 
"master instructor") black belt in tae kwon 
do. She is a lecturer in chemistry at LVC. 

Gary Steven Kunkel '87 is a senior IT spe- 
cialist at IBM in Middletown, N.J. He is also 
an elder, keyboard player, and webservant at 
Calvary Baptist Church in Oceanport, N.J. 



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JUNE 13-15. 2008 



Theodore D. Brosius '88 was recendy 
elected to the board of managers at the 
East Shore YMCA. He is a certified public 
accountant and shareholder with Boles 
Metzger Brosius and Ritter of Susquehanna 
Township, Harrisburg. 

Dr. Susan S. Hoskins '88 is the account- 
ing coordinator at Kendal at Ithaca, Inc., in 
New York. 

Walter S. Sheets '88, a partner with JRS 
Financial Services, LLC, in Camp Hill, re- 
cently completed an exclusive executive 
education program, A New Model for Under- 
standing Retirement Risk. He was one of only 
1 50 financial professionals from around the 
country to attend this special session. 

Paul A. Smith '88 is an events producer in 
the information technology department at 
Susquehanna University, as well as an ad- 
junct professor in the music department, 
teaching recording technology and produc- 
tion. He is also a partner in Saturation Acres 
Inc., a recording and production company 
in Danville. 

M. Brent Trostle '88 is the assistant vice 
president of investment planning and analy- 
sis at Old Mutual Financial Network in 
Baltimore. 

Linda Foerster Gardner '89 is employed by 
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an 
international development strategist in the 
Department of Community and Economic 
Development, Harrisburg. 



'90* 



Dr. Camille DeClementi '90 and Paul Cole 
exchanged wedding vows in August 2005 in 
Champaign, 111. Camille is certified by the 
American Board of Veterinary Toxicology 
and is the director of content and records 
management at the Urbana, 111., ASPCA. 

John E. Kline Jr. '90 has been named New 
Jerseys Teacher of the Year for 2007. John 
teaches seventh- and eighth-grade social 
studies at the Norwood Public School. He 



28 The Valley 



received his master s degree in American 
history in 1993 from Rutgers University, 
and his master of arts for teachers degree in 
1995 from Trenton State College. 

Dr. Ignacio Birriel Jr. '91 is an associate 
professor of physics at Morehead State 
University in Kentucky. 

Brian D. Wassell '91 was chosen by Central 
Penn Business Journal to receive a "Forty 
Under 40" award. The Forty Under 40 pro- 
gram recognizes 40 men and women under 
the age of 40 for their notable successes and 
demonstrations of strong leadership both 
within and outside their chosen field. Brian 
is a certified public accountant and partner 
in Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, in Lancaster. 

Nicole Grove Brubaker '92 and Barry 
Atticks, members of Elizabethtown-based 
duo Sol Siden, released a self-titled CD. For 
the past eight years, Nicole has been serv- 
ing as a worship leader at St. Paul's United 
Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. 

Travis L. Emig '92 was recently promoted 
to director of pharmaceutical chemistry at 
Lancaster Laboratories. 

Susan Leonard McClain '92 is a physical 
therapist with Bayada Nurses in Media. 

Tawni Niklaus Thomas '92 and her hus- 
band, Mark, welcomed a daughter, Claire 
Isabelle, into their family on Oct. 10, 2007. 
As well as raising five children, Tawni home- 
schools her two oldest, teaches private piano, 
accompanies her church choir, and directs 
the children's choir. 



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iJMmR5. 2008 



Christine Marie Engle '93 and Robert J. 
Frazier Jr. exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 
6, 2007, in Lebanon. She is the travel services 
manager for AAA Central Penn in Harrisburg. 

The Rev. Stephen Michael Hand '93 is the 

director of communications for the Atlantic 
District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri 
Synod in Bronxville, N.Y. In August 2007, 
he received his master of divinity degree in 
theology from Concordia Theological Semi- 
nary in Fort Wayne, Ind. 



LOST CLASS RING 

COMES FULL CIRCLE 



By Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 






hen Douglas Drennen received a call from a rental property tenant about a 
found class ring, he figured it belonged to a member of his wifes family — the original 
owners of the property. But Drennen discovered the rings owner was not a relation 
and set out on a quest to return it to its rightful owner. Thanks to the help of Drennen 
and the LVC Office of Alumni Programs, Thomas K. Thompson '72 was reunited 
with the class ring he lost more than 35 years ago. 

"The ring was lost in a sofa in Lewisburg when I was dating my wife who at the time 
was getting her masters degree at Bucknell," said Thompson. "It must have remained 
under the sofa cushion all that time." 

After finding the ring — still in Lewisburg — and discovering the insignia of Lebanon 
Valley College, Drennen contacted the alumni office through LVC s web site. He de- 
scribed the piece as marked with the 1972 class year and inscribed with the initials 
TKT. When they received the e-mail in mid-December of 2007, the LVC staff began 
their research and discovered 
Thompson was the only gradu- 
ate of the 229-member class with 
matching initials. 

When Jayanne Hogate Hay- 
ward '01, director of alumni 
programs, contacted Thompson, 
he shared his excitement and 
recounted the tale of losing the 
ring so many years before while 
dating his wife, Patricia. "We're 
still married," he reported, "and 
the College ring may be return- 
ing. Wow!" 

Thompson, who now serves 
as senior health physicist for the 
Commercial and R&D branch of 
the Division of Nuclear Materials, 
Region I of the U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission in King 
of Prussia, contacted Drennen im- 
mediately. Within a week, he was 
reunited with his lost, cherished 
possession. He was filled with excite- 
ment and started 2008 feeling like a college kid again — well, maybe not exactly. "I 
will need to get it resized," admitted Thompson. "My fingers are thicker today than 35 
years ago!" 

Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 is the College's assistant director of college 
relations for print and web and is an adjunct instructor in English. 




Thompson sports the class ring he lost 35 years 
ago when dating his wife, Patricia (left). 







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Joseph A. Marx '93 and Jennifer Devine 
Marx '91 welcomed a daughter, Breanna 
Reagan, into their family on July 31, 2007. 
Joseph is a senior technical manager at GSI 
Commerce, headquartered in King of Prussia. 

Denise Snyder Petrasic '93 is the labora- 
tory chief for the City of Lebanon Authority 
Waste Water Treatment Plant. 

Dr. J. Thomas Seddon IV '93 received his 
doctorate in musical arts from The Hartt 
School at the University of Hartford in Con- 
necticut. He is an assistant professor of music 
at Central Connecticut State University, 
New Britain, Conn. 

Dr. R. Thomas Stone '93 received his doc- 
toral degree in educational administration 
in August 2006 from Penn State. He is the 
principal at H.C. Burgard Elementary School 
in the Manheim Central School District. 

Kristina Laakko Stroh '93 and her husband, 
Darren M. Stroh '94, have founded All The 
Difference, Inc., a non-profit organization 
dedicated to providing life-changing treat- 
ment services to children with developmen- 
tal differences. Kristina is the director of 
operations for the organization. Darren is 
the eastern territory manager for SportsArt. 
They have three sons: Ryan, 8; Erik, 6; and 
Christopher Maxwell "Max," 4. Darren is the 
son of Carroll Stroh '65 and Donna Smith 
Stroh '66. 

Jennifer Reeder Decker '94 and her hus- 
band, Donnie, welcomed a son, Ty Aiden, 
into their family on March 4, 2007. Jennifer 
teaches fourth grade in the Bedford Area 
School District. She was included in Who's 
Who Among American Teachers for two con- 
secutive years. 

Deanna Sanders Russler '94 and her hus- 
band, Neil, welcomed their fifth child, Kyson, 
into their family on Aug. 22, 2007. Deanna 
received her certification in secondary bio- 
logy in December 2006 from Penn State. She 
is a biology teacher at the Lewis-town Area 
High School in the Mifflin County School 
District. 

Craig S. Campbell '95 and his wife, Ingrid, 
welcomed a daughter, Isabella Marguerite 
Charis, into their family on Dec. 30, 2007. 

Jeffrey "Jeff P. Drummond '95 is a human 
resource management systems consultant 
at EMC Corporation in Research Triangle 
Park, N.C. 



Mark R. Hofsass '95 is the head boys' 
basketball coach at Lower Dauphin High 
School in Hummelstown. 

Dr. Kevin Jan Poole '95 and Wendy Jo 
Hammaker exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 
16, 2006, in Harrisburg. Kevin is a partner 
with Family First Medical in Lancaster. 

Kevin M. Shertz '95 was awarded a 2007 
citation for architectural excellence for 
Hollywood Beach House, a new single-fam- 
ily residence located in Chesapeake City, 
Md. Kevin is a self-employed architect and 
a member of the American Institute of 
Architects. 

Timothy J. Terrell '95 and his wife, Jen, 
welcomed a son, Brandon, into their family 
on Oct. 5, 2007. 

Melissa Anderson Wilcox '95 and her hus- 
band, Mike, welcomed a son, Nolan Everett, 
into their family on July 5, 2007. 

Pamela V. Lambert '96 is the director of 
major gifts at the Penn State Milton S. Her- 
shey Medical Center and Penn State College 
of Medicine in Hershey. 

Christine J. Sabas, Esq., '96 opened her 
own business, the Law Office of Christine J. 
Sabas, in Selingsgrove. She received her law 
degree in May 2001 from The Penn State 
Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle. 

Brian T. Stover '96 and his wife, Ellen, wel- 
comed a son, Benjamin Ellis, into their fam- 
ily on Aug. 7, 2007. Brian is the sales con- 
sulting manager at Oracle Corporation. 

Rebecca Ragno Talaia '96 and her husband, 
Gerald, welcomed a daughter, Hannah 
Celeste, into their family in June 2007. 
Rebecca is a fourth-grade teacher in the 
Wayland School District in Massachusetts. 

Jennifer Yohn Tobin '96 is a doctoral stu- 
dent at The Pennsylvania State University in 
the adult education program. She is also an 
adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg Area 
Community College, in addition to teach- 
ing English full time at Cedar Crest High 
School. Her husband, Greg D. Tobin III 
'96, finished the New York City Marathon 
in November 2005. 

Laura M. Tolbert '96 and J.R. Fletcher 
were married on July 27, 2007. Laura 
teaches fifth grade in the Chesterfield 
County Public Schools in Virginia. 



Jennifer Stites Zdaniewicz '96 and her 

husband, Stephen, welcomed a son, Logan 
Joseph, into their family on April 10, 2007. 

Erica Schneck Marinelli '97 recently start- 
ed a jewelry design business. Her designs are 
sold on Newbury Street in Boston as well as 
in Salem, Mass. 

Betty Dommel Tompos M'97 is the interim 
president of Thaddeus Stevens College of 
Technology. She is the college s vice president 
for finance and administration, a post she has 
held since 2000. 

Staci Kowalczyk Wisniewski '97 is a fifth- 
grade teacher at Annville Elementary School. 
Her husband, Nathan Wisniewski '97, is 

manager of pharmaceutical product testing 
at Lancaster Laboratories. 

David W. Wright '97 is the assistant prin- 
cipal at Central Dauphin High School in 
Harrisburg. 



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Melissa-Ann Pero Bodan '98 and her hus- 
band, Michael A. Bodan '00, welcomed 
a daughter, Dempsey Elizabeth, into their 
family on Dec. 20, 2007. 

Elizabeth Masessa Carmona '98 and Willy 
M. Carmona '98 welcomed a son, Xander 
Luis Antonio, into their family on April 16, 
2007. Elizabeth is band director at Fernbrook 
and Shongum schools in the Randolph Town- 
ship School District in New Jersey. Willy is 
pursuing a professional music career. 

Angela Coval Godfrey '98 and her husband, 
Daniel, welcomed a daughter, Abigail Marie, 
into their family on July 16, 2007. 

Richard S. Hornberger '98 is the principal 
at Fredericksburg Elementary School in the 
Northern Lebanon School District. 

Jonathan Lee Kellogg, son of Wendy Bieber 
Kellogg '98 and Douglas Lee Kellogg '98, 

celebrated his second birthday in February. 
Wendy is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom, 
as well as playing the organ at Hill United 
Church of Christ in Cleona. Doug teaches 
science in the Ephrata Area School District. 



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Dr. Raymond Schaak '98 is an associate pro- 
fessor of chemistry at Penn State, University 
Park. He has received a National Science 
Foundation CAREER award, Beckman Young 
Investigator Award, DuPont Young Professor 
Grant, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research 
Fellowship, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher 
Scholar Award. He is currendy a guest editor 
for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, putting 
together an August 2008 issue on "Solid State 
Chemistry at the Nanoscale: Achievements, 
Opportunities, and Challenges." 

William M. Schwartz '98 and his wife, 
Kristi, welcomed a son, Nathan Duane, into 
their family on Sept. 19, 2007. William is 
a financial consultant at Provident Bank in 
Baltimore and is currendy pursuing his mas- 
ter of business administration degree at the 
University of Maryland University College. 

Michael G. Uhler '98 is a global supply 
chain optimization specialist with The Her- 
shey Company. 

Erin Rabuck Arva '99 and her husband, 
David, welcomed a son, Benjamin David, into 
their family on Jan. 3, 2008. Erin is a public 
involvement and communications specialist 
with Gannett Fleming, Inc., in Camp Hill. 

Cynthia Ensminger Goshorn '99 is the 

head of the legal/financial department at the 
corporate office of Workplace Options, Inc., 
in Raleigh, NC. 

Jennifer Lynn Martin '99 and Matthew 
Ryan Weneck Sr. exchanged wedding vows 
on Oct. 20, 2007, in Jonestown. Jennifer is 
a quality assurance manager at Hain Pure 
Protein Corp. in Fredericksburg. 

TSgt. Lori Moyer McCarty '99 was re- 
cently promoted to the rank of technical 
sergeant in the Pennsylvania Air National 
Guard. She is employed by the Pennsylvania 
National Guard Counterdrug Program at 
Ft. Indiantown Gap as the personnel NCO. 

Tabitha Mains McQuiddy '99 is a house 
parent for Milton Hershey School. 

Beth Curley Myers '99 and her husband, 
G. Scott Myers '99, welcomed a daughter, 
Lauren Elaine, into their family on April 1 1 , 
2007. Beth is an internal sales manager with 
Lincoln Financial Distributors in Philadel- 
phia. Scott is a senior tax accountant at 
Beard Miller Company in York. 



Giving Back to the Valley 



by Cindy Progfn '04 



Rydn ArnOlCl 03 does not hesitate when asked why he gives to his 
alma mater. "Because it is the right thing to do," he responded. "We wouldn't con- 
sider not giving back." He and his wife, Ann, are members of the Walter Society 
for consecutive giving and Vickroy GOLD members as young leadership givers. 
Arnold feels passionately about giving back to the institution that helped prepare 
him for his future. "Ann feels just as passionate about LVC as I do, and she gradu- 
ated from another institution," he explained. 

Arnold felt like part of the LVC community long before he enrolled. He and his 
family were fans of LVC basketball, witnessing first-hand the precision of Andy 
Panko '99 and his teammates. The Arnolds were also regulars at the summer Mt. 
Gretna book series. And, during their high school years, he and Ann participated 
in the LVC Quiz Bowls. 
Still, he never really saw 
himself matriculating at the 
Valley. 

It was the newly intro- 
duced Physical Therapy 
Program that first made him 
look at LVC, and it was the 
Vickroy Scholarship that 
clinched the deal. "Without 
the Vickroy Scholarship," 
Arnold said, "I could not 
have attended LVC; I 
couldn't even have applied 
there." Then, when the PT 
Program accreditation was 
delayed and he was given 
the choice to transfer his 
credits elsewhere or stay and 
change his major, he decided to stay. And he's glad he did. 

"I couldn't imagine going anywhere else," reflected Arnold. "LVC is an integral 
part of our lives." The close-knit atmosphere agreed with Arnold. Immersing him- 
self in campus life, he was, among many things, a member of the tennis team, a 
manager for the ice hockey team, a resident assistant, and a student trustee. 

But it's the "extraordinary number of great people at LVC that I will remember 
most," Arnold said — from his professors who taught him how to communicate 
and think, to the Study Abroad staff, who helped him to spend a semester in 
London, to former Ice Hockey Coach Al MacCormack, and so many others. 

Among Arnold's many cherished memories of LVC is the time he served as a 
student trustee. "John Walter ['53, H'06] used to say that there were three things 
he treasured most: God, family, and LVC." Both Ryan and Ann feel that same pas- 
sion for LVC, which is why they give back. "The key is to give, not how much you 
give," explained Arnold. 

Cindy Progin '04 is director of advancement research at LVC. 




Ryan and Ann Arnold 



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class news denotes 



Keith D. Richardson '99 received his mas- 
ter's degree in music education in May 2007 
from Duquesne University. He is the direc- 
tor of bands in the Central Dauphin School 
District, Harrisburg. 

Jessica Bostdorf Ritchie '99, M'06 and 
Dr. Jeffrey Ritchie welcomed a son, Colin 
William, into their family on Sept. 27, 2007. 
Jessica is the director of major gifts at LVC, 
and Jeff is an assistant professor of English 
and digital communications at the College. 

Alicia Way Showalter '99 and her husband, 
Ian, welcomed a son, Beckett Grey, into 
their family on Aug. 29, 2007. 

Patricia Reich Stroup '99 is a business systems 
analyst at Source Interlink in Harrisburg. 

MarciaTumpey Weigle '99 and her husband, 
Douglas Weigle '99, welcomed a son, Luke 
Zander, into their family on Dec. 24, 2007. 

Mark W Wells '99 is a guidance counselor 
at Delcastle Technical High School in the 
New Castle County Vocational Technical 
School District, Wilmington, Del. He was 
named Delcastle Technical High School's 
Rookie of the Year. He received Delaware's 
Youth to Eliminate Loss of Life's (YELL) adult 
leadership award for providing outstanding 
leadership to the Delcastle Technical High 
School's YELL. He is also working as the eve- 
ning administrator for James H. Groves' Adult 
High School in Wilmington. 

Rayna Schell Wilson '99 and her husband, 
Jeremy D. Wilson '98, welcomed a daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth Naomi, into their family on 
Oct. 4, 2007. 



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Jessica Schneider Bender '00 and her hus- 
band, Stephen, welcomed a son, Ryan Chris- 
topher, into their family on July 23, 2007. 
Jessica earned her master's degree in September 
2006 from Loyola College of Maryland. She 
is a reading specialist at Dundalk Elementary 
School in Baltimore County. 

Kimberly Zang Brewer '00 is the director of 
quality at Keystone Residence in Harrisburg. 
In May 2007, she earned her qualification as 
a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania. 

Ann Musser Davis '00 and her husband, 
Nathaniel "Nate" K. Davis '00, welcomed 



a son, Maxon Nathaniel, into their family 
on Oct. 8, 2007. Nate is an assistant wom- 
en's track and field coach at the University of 
Wisconsin. 

Melisssa George McGruther '00 and her 

husband, Dominic, welcomed a son, Logan 
Gene, into their family on Sept. 4, 2007. 
Melissa is the director of education at Sylvan 
Learning Center in Harrisburg. 

Sherri L. Popejoy '00 and Tony Morgan 
exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 27, 2007, 
in LVC's Miller Chapel. 



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Heather A. Domaracki '01 and Stephen 
Sharp exchanged wedding vows on July 21, 
2007, in Hummelstown. Heather is a fifth- 
grade teacher for Connections Academy, a 
virtual public school provider that allows 
students to attend class from home. 

Clint Eisenhower '01 and Emily Strieker 
exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 1 1 , 2007, 
in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Clint is a 
research and project specialist for Auditor 
General Jack Wagner in Harrisburg. 

Melinda S. Gordon '01 and Justin P. 
McMaster '00 exchanged wedding vows 
on June 15, 2007, on Royal Caribbean's 
En-chantment of the Seas cruise ship while 
docked in Key West, Fla. Melinda is a fin- 
ancial analyst for Carlisle Construction 
Materials, and Justin is a financial analyst 
for Johnson Controls, York. 

Jayanne Hogate Hayward '01 was promoted 
to director of alumni programs at LVC after 
serving two years as the assistant director. 

Amanda L. Holmes '01 is an eligibility 
specialist for the Department of Health and 
Human Services in Augusta, Maine. 

Steven R. Horst, Esq., '01 is an associate 
counsel at CampusDoor, Inc., in Carlisle. 
CampusDoor, Inc. is part of Lehman Bro- 
thers Bank, FSB. 

Eugene "Gene" Kelly III '01 recently re- 
ceived the Paul Harris Fellow Award from 
Rotary International. The award recognizes 
people whose community service represents 
the ideals of the Rotary. Gene is the assistant 
director of student activities and student 
development at LVC. 



Tera Irmen Koehler '01 and her husband, 
Jesse, welcomed a daughter, Emma Louise, 
into their family on May 21, 2007. Tera is a 
middle school learning support teacher at 
Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster. 

Jodie Weaver Reinhart '01 is the vice presi- 
dent and chief financial officer for the Sus- 
quehanna Association for the Blind and 
Vision Impaired in Lancaster. 

Leah S. Sernofisky '01 and Jack O'Leary 
exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 18, 2007, 
in Lederach. Leah is the office manager at Fox 
Machinery Associates, Inc., in Bridgeport. 

Lynn Tenley Shapiro '01 is an assistant to 
the registrar/secretary at LVC. 

Maggie L. Simonton '01 is teaching full-day 
kindergarten at Fairview Christian School in 
Seattle, Wash. 

Drew R. Smith '01 is an assistant U.S. at- 
torney in the U.S. Department of Justice in 
Washington, D.C. 

Becky S. Tice '01 and Bradley Griffiths ex- 
changed wedding vows on July 28, 2007, in 
LVC's Miller Chapel. 

Janel Dennis W^att '01 is a sixth-grade 
teacher at Lake Forest Central Elementary 
School in the Lake Forest School District, 
Felton, Del. 

Christopher D. Ziegler '01 and his wife, 
Molly, welcomed a daughter, Kelsey Beth, 
into their family on July 9, 2007. 



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Kendra L. Atkinson '02 and Christopher J. 
Hoffman exchanged wedding vows on June 
23, 2007 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. 
Natalie Taylor Kratzer '02, Amy Zellers 
Shrader '00, and Jenah MacDonald '02 
were in the bridal party. LVC alumni in at- 
tendance included Kendra's aunt, Barbara 
Macaw Atkinson '67, Judy Heiser Taylor 
75, Greg Kratzer '00, Eric Shrader '01, 
and Mat Edgcomb '01. A marriage blessing 
and vow renewal, performed by the Rev. 
Christopher Rankin '01, was held Aug. 4, 
2007 at Newton Lake, Greenfield Township. 
Jay Stanton '66, Beth Seidenstricker '01, 
Jen Wood '01, Becca Drayer Weaver '01, 
Jason Weaver '02, Jen Stover '02, Eileen 
Golias Bowlby '02, Trisha Fatula Zellers 
'02, Brian Zellers '02, Jen Smolenski 



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There was a time not so long ago, when Brynne Keeley '09 
didn't consider herself to be much of an athlete. However, the 
junior physical therapy/Spanish major did sometimes think of 
herself as a self-involved college student. Turns out she was wrong 
on both counts — very wrong, as a matter of fact. 

Non-athletes don't run marathons, and self-involved college 
students certainly don't spend large portions of their free time 
raising over $4,000 for cancer research. The Lancaster native did 
both last year through her involvement with the Leukemia & 
Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Program. 

The largest endurance sports training program in the world, 
Team in Training provides participants with the necessary train- 
ing to run or walk marathons or half marathons, or take part in 
triathlons or century (100-mile) bike rides. In return, those who 
participate in the program agree to help raise funds for leukemia, 
lymphoma, and myeloma research as they work toward compet- 
ing in their chosen event. Since its inception in 1988, Team in 
Training has raised more than $850 million through the work of 
over 360,000 volunteers — people like Brynne Keeley who sim- 
ply wanted to make a difference, and did. 

"I feel less like a selfish college kid now," said Keeley, who end- 
ed up raising $4,100 by competing in the San Francisco Nike 
Women's Marathon in October. "I was actually doing something 
and helping others. It makes me feel better. I wasn't just loafing 
off my parents." 

That Keeley ended up running a marathon was surprising to 
many who know her at LVC. A student athletic trainer at Lebanon 
Valley, Keeley was a swimmer at Conestoga Valley High School 
and works out regularly. But neither she nor her friends saw her 
as an athlete until recently. 

"A lot of people found out afterward," said Keeley of her par- 
ticipation in the San Francisco event. "They were like, 'Oh my 
God, you ran a marathon? Of anybody, I wouldn't have thought 
it would be you.' Because I was never an athlete, they were so 
shocked." 

Keeley learned about Team in Training two years ago, but was 
unable to participate then because she spent the fall of her soph- 
omore year studying abroad in Spain. But she jumped at the 
opportunity to take part last year. Despite the grueling train- 
ing, she was quite glad she did. Like many who give their time 
and efforts to charitable causes, Keeley ended up getting back 



as much or more as she 
gave. Considering the 
time she put into fund 
raising as well as training, 
that's saying quite a bit. 

"I totally believe that 
in giving to others, you 
get more than you're actually giving," said Keeley. 

Keeley was touched when she met those who were battling 
the disease, including two central Pennsylvania residents, an 8- 
year-old boy and an older adult male for whom she was assigned 
to run. 

"Before that, it was just dollar signs, trying to get to the amount 
of donations needed," said Keeley. "But when you actually see 
the people who've gotten the support from the money you've 
donated, it makes you feel even better." 

So what about the actual marathon? How did that go? "It was 
something. It was hard," Keeley laughed. "I started off a lot faster 
than I should have, but it went really well. I ended up getting 
a blister at mile three, and didn't take care of it until mile 21, 
so that was tough. But it wasn't too bad. They talk about run- 
ners hitting a wall, and I definitely hit it. But I was able to run 
through it. 

"Afterward, it feels amazing — just the sense of accomplish- 
ment. You have so much pride in yourself and self-confidence. 
It's one of those things you want to go and tell everybody 
about." 

Not surprisingly, Keeley encourages others to get involved in 
Team in Training, especially those who would like to help others 
but don't believe they could ever do so by running a marathon. 

"Do it, commit to it," is Keeley's advice. "I was trying to get 
all of my roommates to do it, but when I got home after my 20- 
miler [a training run] they just looked at me like, 'Never.' They 
saw all my blisters, and that I had to walk backwards down the 
stairs after the marathon because my quads hurt so badly. I think 
I scared them off, but I wish I hadn't. Because the way Team in 
Training prepares you, anybody can run a marathon, absolutely 
anybody." 

Pat Huggins is a freelance writer from Lebanon and a 
sportswriter for the Lebanon Daily News, 



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Slicks '02, Darryl Slicks '02, Mandy Ste- 
venson '03, and Kim McDonald '04 were 
in attendance. Kendra teaches literature and 
journalism at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High 
School in Plymouth Meeting. She is also the 
newspaper advisor and the sprint coach for 
the varsity track and field team. 

Timothy John Belloff '02 and Amy Lee 

Seagreaves '04 exchanged wedding vows 
on July 1 , 2006, in Perkasie. Natasha Nic- 
holson '03, Curt Stanton '01, and Natalie 
Stitzer Stanton '01 were in the wedding 
party. Tim is a teacher/athletic director at 
Penn Wood Middle School in the William 
Penn School District in Darby. Amy is a 
middle school science teacher in the Allen- 
town School District. 

Melanie E. Boyd '02 and Michael Fink 
exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 17, 2007, 
in Breinigsville. Jennifer Davis '02 and 
Jennifer Keller '04 were in the wedding 
party. Melanie is the manager/co-owner of 
Mike Fink's Greenhouse and Farm Market 
LLC in Breinigsville. 

Lisa Ann Bunda '02 and Brock Andrew 
Hoover '03 exchanged wedding vows on 
Aug. 4, 2007, in Catasauqua. Abby Welsh 
'02 served as maid of honor while Matt 
Longenecker '03 and Brent Hoffman '03 
served as groomsmen. Mic Bender '03, 
Ken McFadden '03, Liana Voinier '03, 
Michelle Lomas '02, and Marisa Stoner 
'03 were in attendance. Lisa is an account 
manager for PulseDirect in Elizabethtown. 
Brock is a fourth-grade teacher at Jackson 
Elementary School in the Eastern Lebanon 
County School District, Myerstown. 

Corinne "Connie" Erb '02 is a violin teach- 
er at The Pennsylvania Academy of Music in 
Lancaster. She is in the process of obtaining 
her certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmies at 
Carnegie Mellon University. 

Lois E. Fegan '02 is a senior research analyst 
with the Virginia Department of Corrections. 

Lindsay Weymouth Grow '02 and Jonathan 
R. Grow '02 welcomed a son, Brock Law- 
rence, into their family on Nov. 24, 2007. 

Erika Smelter Haak M'02 and her husband, 
Christopher T. Haak '97, welcomed a son, 
Samuel Thomas, into their family on Dec. 
4, 2007. Chris is a compensation manager 
for Cephalon, Inc., in Frazer, and Erika is a 
homemaker. 



John Christopher Havran '02 and Joanna 
M. Bissell '02 exchanged wedding vows on 
Sept. 30, 2007, in Baltimore. Christina 
Clarkson '02, Barry Enzman '74, Kyle 
Ermer '03, Kimberly Huch-Bartosik '01, 
Dorcinda Knauth '02, and Mary Lingen- 
felter '02 were in attendance. 

James M. Lawlor '02 is the Pennsylvania 
marketing manager for First Cardinal LLC, 
a company specializing in worker s compen- 




Michelle Lynn Lomas '02 and 
Andrew Clifford Heizmann '02 

Michelle Lynn Lomas '02 and Andrew 
Clifford Heizmann '02 exchanged wedding 
vows on Oct. 26, 2007, in Blue Bell. The 
Rev. Christopher Rankin '01 officiated at 
the ceremony. Craig Underwood '99 served 
as the best man, and Dan Post '99 served as 
a groomsman. Lisa Epting Underwood '98, 
Alii Henry Post '98, Stephanie Hartman 
McBain '02, Abby Smith '02, Jeff Getz '02, 
Rachel Bailey '03, Shirley Heizmann 
Wunsch '56, aunt of the groom, Ken Matz 
'69, Donna Bridge Heberlig '67, and 
Deborah Buchanan Eskin '69 were in at- 
tendance. Caroline Trupp Heizmann '67 
and Clifford L. Heizmann '67 are the 
grooms parents. Michelle is a fifth-grade 
learning support teacher in the Boyertown 
School District, and Andrew teaches music 
at Ste-wart Middle School in Jeffersonville. 

Thomas "Tommy" J. Long Jr. '02 is the 

athletic director at Ephrata High School. He 
also serves as the director of school activities 
and facilities. 

Amanda L. Mill '02 is the director of bands at 
the Upper Perkiomen High School, Pennsburg. 

Kerri Gasser Schaaf '02 is an early interven- 
tion supervisor at Lebanon County Mental 
Health/Mental Retardation. 



Amber A. Shotwell '02 and Scott Schilling 

'03 were married on July 14, 2007, in LVCs 
Miller Chapel. Amber works in the recruit- 
ing department at Chico s FAS in Ft. Myers, 
Fla. Scott is the owner of Gulf Coast Hockey 
Plus, an ice hockey and lacrosse supply store, 
in Estero, Fla. 

Dr. Ellen L. Shughart '02 and William G. 
Holthoff exchanged wedding vows on Jan. 
13, 2007, in Lancaster. Danielle McMaster 
'02 was maid of honor and Amy Shoemaker 
Ovuka '02 served as a bridesmaid. 

David R. Warner Jr., Esq., '02 is an associ- 
ate attorney at Buzgon Davis Law Offices 
in Lebanon. He received his juris doctorate 
in May 2007 from the Widener University 
School of Law. 

Maggie Holman Weagley '02 and her hus- 
band, Brian, welcomed a son, Brodie Chris- 
topher, into their family on May 15, 2007. 

Trisha Fatula Zellers '02 and Brian Zellers 

'02 welcomed a daughter, Kylee Jane Olive, 
into their family on July 14, 2007. Kylee is 
the niece of Traci Fatula '07, Amy Zellers 
Shrader '00, and Eric Shrader '01. 



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William J. Copeland III '03 is pursuing his 
master s degree in business administration at 
Eastern University, St. Davids. 

Cortney E. Herr '03 and Nathan Bushnell 
exchanged wedding vows on July 27, 2007, 
in Lancaster. Cortney is a special education 
teacher at Paradise Elementary School in the 
Pequea Valley School District. 

Ashley Lauren Hollinger '03 and Charles 
Herling exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 4, 
2007, in Cleona. Jessica Kotay '03 served 
as a bridesmaid. Ashley is a literacy teacher 
in the Lebanon School District. 

Rebecca J. Kantner '03 and Carl E. Ohrberg 
exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 22, 2007, 
in Quakertown. In attendance were Jennifer 
Rakowski '00, Chere Voda '99, Regina 



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Kettering '03, Moriah Miller '03, Amy 
VanOrden '02, and Rebecca Douglass '06. 

Rebecca is a chemist at Lancaster Laboratories. 




Kelly J. Kaufinann '03 and Sean P. Carney 
'03 exchanged wedding vows on July 29, 
2006, in Whitehall Front row sitting (L to r): 
Lexi Smith Fiore '03, Sara Shaffer Lobaugh '03, 
JessicaHusko WJeremyRea '04, Trm Carr '04, 
Robert Schaefer '04 Back row standing (L to 
k): Lisa Landis '04, Kevin Carney '09, Travis 
Miller '04, Dan Rau '03, Ben Hellish '04, 
Sean Carney '03, Kelly Kaufinann Carney '03, 
Jonathan Lobaugh '04, Kristi Riley Piatt '03, 
Andrew Piatt '04, and Lauren Hindley '03 



In December 2005, Victoria Elizabeth 
Kerwin '03 received her master s degree 
in English from Millersville University. She 
is a group reservationist at The Spa at Hotel 
Hershey, as well as an adjunct English professor 
at Harrisburg Area Community College. 

In June 2007, Amber Keefer Lane '03 re- 
ceived her masters degree in teaching English 
as a second language from the University of 
Turabo in Puerto Rico. 

Lindsey Forry Miller '03 is the program 
coordinator at Acelin Learning Solutions, 
Inc., Washington, D.C. 

Moriah L. Miller '03 is a reference librarian 
at the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill. 

Sarah Durako Onufer '03 is a government 
procurement specialist in the procurement 
technical assistance center, enterprise devel- 
opment division, Northeastern Pennsylvania 
Alliance in Pittston. 

Jennifer Ann Pinand '03 and Steven Buter- 
baugh exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 
6, 2007, in Carlisle. LVC alumni in atten- 
dance were Amber Keefer Lane '03, Jacki 
Ebert Kratz '03, Kelly McCabe '03, and 
Eric Kratz '04. Jennifer is a customer ser- 
vice associate for Tyco Electronics. 




BY JAYANNE H06ATE HAYWARD 01 



Although she didn t know it at the time, a 2006 vacation 

would change Angie McCracken's life forever. A stop in Flagstaff, Ariz., cemented 
her lifelong fascination with this locale. Needing a personal and professional change, 
McCracken inexplicably found Flagstaff to be the place for her. 

On Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, McCracken, a 2004 graduate, embarked on a journey 
many dream of, but few ever take. She resigned from her job, said goodbye to friends 
and family, and set out to chase her dreams. She packed her car, a self-described 
"engineering marvel," and recalled her departure that day as a "real out-of-body expe- 
rience." Merging onto Rt. 1 5 south near Harrisburg, she felt fear, excitement, guilt, 
amazement, wonder, and much more. After stops in Nashville to see a Grand Ole 
Opry show, Memphis (where she ran into Magic Johnson), Palo Duro Canyon, and 
Albuquerque, Angie ended one journey in Flagstaff . . . and started a new journey to 
the rest of her life. 

So, where would she live and work? Within a week she found a place to live and 
a job at a local coffee shop. Now, a few months later, her focus is on finding a per- 
manent job that will allow her to explore more of the Southwest. She's also consider- 
ing returning to school for her masters degree, but for the moment she is enjoying 
Flagstaff and all it has to offer. The surrounding area is a haven for nature-lovers, and 
Angie spends her free time hiking in Flagstaff and nearby, beautiful Sedona. Each new 
trail changes her in its own little way, she said. 

For everyone who thinks of chasing their dreams, McCracken offered this encour- 
agement: "What s the worst that could happen? Failure, by your own definition? 
There is always the option to move back home and start again. But, what if you love 
it? What if you leave with the confidence that you can face any challenge life hands 
you?" After admitting there were times she felt scared, lonely, anxious, and frustrated, 
she's found a way to counter that trepidation with the same degree of excitement 
about her new possibilities and experiences. So for right now, she's "living the dream, 
baby, living the dream." 

Jayanne Ho gate Hay ward 01 is director of alumni programs at LVC* 




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class news d* notes 



Charles "Charlie" A. Reichler '03 is an 

application engineer at Siemens in Fort 
Washington. 

Dawn M. Rumblcy '03 and Brian W. 
Yingling '03 exchanged wedding vows on 
Nov. 3, 2007, in LVC s Miller Chapel. The 
Rev. Paul Kauftman '50 officiated over the 
ceremony. 

Amanda Kelly Smith '03 and her husband, 
Bryan, welcomed a daughter, Olivia Grace, 
into their family on April 3, 2007. 

Jordan Sigler Stoner '03 is a visa services 
information coordinator for the American 
Embassy in Ontario, Canada. 

Karalyn M. Stoner '03 and Eric Anderson 
exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 22, 2007, 
in Lancaster. Amy Borger Crouse '03 

served as maid of honor. 

Stephanie Tighe Sutton '03 is senior mar- 
keting officer with Graystone Bank in Har- 
risburg. She also is an assistant women's 
basketball coach at LVC. 

Ryan M. Trego '03 is a Pennsylvania state 
trooper stationed at the Media barracks. 



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In May 2007, Andrew J. Bender, Esq., '04 

received his law degree from Villanova Uni- 
versity School of Law. 

Michael E Bifano '04 and Abby L. Shu- 
maker '04 exchanged wedding vows on 
July 28, 2007, in Harrisburg. Cassandra 
McCool '04, Christine Burgess '04, Scott 
Wallace '04, Russell Cody '02, David 
Yinger '03, Bryan Everingham '03, and 
John Crognale '06 were members of the 
bridal party. Michael is pursuing his master s 
degree in aerospace engineering, and Abby 
is pursuing her doctoral degree in biochem- 
istry. Both are attending Case Western 
Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Jennifer Vajda Cupp '04 is an accountant 
with Goldberg & Balthaser, PC, in Har- 
risburg. She is working toward becoming a 
CPA with the firm. She and her husband, 
Jason, celebrated their third wedding anni- 
versary on Oct. 16, 2007. Her brother, 
Jonathan T. Vajda '08 is majoring in digital 
communications at LVC. 



Jessica Korpas DaSilva '04 is teaching first 
grade in the Franklinton Elementary School, 
Franklinton, N.C. 

Julia "Julie" H. Falkner '04 and Warren A. 
Hile III '05 were married on Oct. 28, 2006, 
in Baltimore. Julie is a geriatric social worker 
at Colonial Park Care Center in Harrisburg. 
Warren does account management and re- 
views for the Pennsylvania American Water 
Company. 

Joseph Fees '04 and Gregory Phillips II 

'05 have been friends since meeting in Cub 
Scouts. Last May, the two men set out on a 
two-month stay in Europe. 

Joe currendy lives in Austin, Texas, and 
is completing his master s degree in Spanish 
literature at the University of Texas. 

In May 2007, Greg earned his master s 
degree in epidemiology at The George Wash- 
ington University in Washington, D.C. He 
currendy resides in Washington and recendy 
began his studies for his doctoral degree. 

Shawn A. Fies '04 is a music teacher in the 
Northwestern Lehigh School District, New 
Tripoli. 

Todd Fischer M'04 is a business-banking 
credit analyst with the American Home 
Bank in West Hempfield Township in Lan- 



Rebecca J. Grudzina '04 is an editorial as- 
sistant at Benchmark Education Company 
in Pelham, N.Y. 

Rhonda F. Hebbard '04 is the owner and 
president of Luxor Events and Marketing 
in Mechanicsburg. She received the West 
Shore Chamber of Commerces third annual 
Inspiring Business Award, which recognizes 
the chamber member who actively encour- 
ages and perpetuates business innovation, 
freely shares ideas and opinions regarding 
business issues, and is a catalyst for the fu- 
ture of business. 

Jamie L. Kendall '04 and Bill Harmon ex- 
changed wedding vows on Feb. 22, 2007, in 
Orlando. She and Bill welcomed a daugh- 
ter, Naomae, into their family on Nov. 9, 
2007. Jamie is a pre-kindergarten teacher at 
Melwood Elementary School in the Prince 
Georges County Public School District in 
Upper Marlboro, Md. 

In May 2007, Christina M. Marco '04 re- 
ceived her degree and certification as an edu- 
cational specialist in school psychology from 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is 



a school psychologist in the Muhlenberg 
School District in Laureldale. 

In August 2007, Maria Elena Perozzi '04 

received her master s degree in marriage and 
family therapy from Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State University. 

Tara Seefeldt '04 and Michael Jason Gentile 
exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 1, 2007, 
at Lake Wynonah in Auburn. Laurena B. 
Huebner '04 was the maid of honor. Tara is 
the manager at Bucks County Coffee Com- 
pany in Langhorne. 

In May 2007, Jennifer L. Selin, Esq., '04 

received her juris doctorate from Wake Forest 
School of Law. She passed the Virginia bar 
and was admitted to the Virginia Supreme 
Court. She is an associate at the Law Offices 
of GKRSE in Washington, D.C, with a 
focus on energy law and regulation, as well 
as administrative law. 

Sarah L. Smith '04 is an admissions coun- 
selor at West Chester University. 

Scott R. Wallace '04 and Sophie Smith ex- 
changed wedding vows on June 24, 2006, 
in Marengo, Ind. Mike Bifano '04 served 
as best man. Jon Marazas '05 and John 
Crognale '06 served as ushers. Abby Shu- 
maker '04, Christine Burgess '04, Taylor 
Reinhard '04, Will Pitcock '03, and Lori 
Counterman Pitcock '03 were in attendance. 

Christopher R. Whiteley '04 is a musician 
with Carnival Cruise Lines based out of San 
Diego, Calif. 



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Lisa Rose Agrusti '05 and Brandon Michael 
Handwerk '07 exchanged wedding vows on 
Oct. 6, 2007, in New Jersey. Lisa is a read- 
ing specialist with the West Shore School 
District in Etters. Brandon is employed by 
a private law firm in Mechanicsburg, and 
attends Widener University School of Law. 

In May 2007, Justin M. Anderson, Esq., '05 

received his law degree from Creighton Uni- 
versity in Omaha, Neb. He is a staff attorney 
at National Credit Union Administration in 
Alexandria, Va. 

Mark Anthony DiNunno '05 is a tax spe- 
cialist with the Internal Revenue Service in 
Salisbury, Md. 



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Karen S. Emig M'05 is a senior accountant 
at Highmark, Inc., Camp Hill. 

Amanda Goulden '05 is a physician assis- 
tant in the emergency department at the 
Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon. In 
May 2007, she received her masters degree 
in physician assistant studies from Arcadia 
University in Glenside. 

Summer L. Hammer '05 is an office engi- 
neer at the Wormleysburg office of Gilbane 
Building Company. 

Renee M. Kitchenman '05 and Nicholas 
McGovern exchanged wedding vows on 
June 23, 2007, in Feasterville. 

Craig A. Layne '05 is a reporter for WJ ET- 
TV in Erie. 

Lynn Marie Leidig '05 and Russell Lee 
Bentz '05 exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 
20, 2007, in Harrisburg. Members of the 
wedding party included Alina Gottschalk 
'05, '07, Laura Lagler '05, Laurie Bentz 
'07, Jason Clay '04, and Justin Albert '05. 
In attendance were Jennifer Kratzer '05, 
Justin Kratzer '04, Alane Stief '05, Theresa 
Woods '07, Rachel Bartley '05, Ryan Merrit 
'07, Daniel Zilinskis '05, Adam Gingerich 
'05, Mitch Waddel '05, Sarah Landis '05, 
Matthew Frederick '05, Jared Grove '05, 
Michael Grudzinski '05, Thomas McElwee, 
Caitlin Gibbs '04, Eli Weaber '05, Craig 
Denlinger '05, and Stacey Denlinger '07. 

Frederick "Freddie" G. Long III '05 and 

his group, the Freddie Long Band, recently 
were the opening act for the award-winning 
country recording artist Jo Dee Messina, 
who performed at The Maryland Theatre. 

Michelle Struphar Quino '05 is an asso- 
ciate 1, working in the emergency room 
department at Penn State Milton S. Hershey 
Medical Center. 

Rebecca A. Remaley '05 is an elementary 
special education teacher at Hamilton Heights 
Elementary School in Chambersburg. 

Kristin L. Smith '05 and Terrell Smith ex- 
changed wedding vows on March 3, 2007, 
in Wernersville. Kristin is an elementary 
music educator in The School District of 
Osceola County, Kissimmee, Fla. 

Inge J. Walker '05 is a learning support 
and autistic support teacher in the Central 
Dauphin School District, Harrisburg. 




Playing a sport you love never gets old. 

Just ask Dan Kelly '07. In February, after being part of the American Indoor 
Football Associations Reading Express practice squad for the last four months, 
Kelly endured a week of training camp, hoping to land a position on the team. 
By the beginning of the following month, just days before the March 8 season 
opener, he earned a spot on the 30-man roster. 

As a two-sport athlete in his LVC days, Kelly excelled on both the football grid- 
iron and the baseball diamond. In his three years under Head Coach Jim Monos, 
Kelly broke two school records: he threw for 5,934 yards and 61 touchdowns. 

According to Monos, Kelly was very talented and intelligent. Not only was the 
six-foot, one-inch, 210-pound Kelly a winner, he was also a leader. 

"He played the way he practiced. He always went hard in everything that he 
did," said Monos. "It didn't matter what it was. He went 100 miles an hour and 
he refused to lose in anything and that was the attitude he had. He is a true com- 
petitor in every sense of the word and the term winner is very true," added Monos. 
"I believe that will carry over in whatever he does in his career." 

Under Head Baseball Coach Keith Evans, Kelly, in four seasons, topped the 
all-time list for hits in a career with 151. As a senior, he hit .352 with a .430 on- 
base percentage with 34 runs scored and 10 steals. He placed second in runs 
scored and first with bases stolen on the team. 

Last summer, two months after earning his LVC degree 
in physics, the King of Prussia resident headed east to 
Europe to play football. With only three practices un- 
der his belt in Finland with the Jyvaskylan Jaguaarit, 
a member of the American Football Association of 
Finland, he stepped into his familiar position at 
quarterback. 

Jyvaskylan played in the eight-team Vaah- 
teraliiga, the highest level in the country. In 
the July season opener with the Jaguaarit, 
Kelly passed for 104 yards in a 20-6 loss to 
the Seinajoki Crocodiles. 

One day, Monos hopes to see Kelly and his 
and former record-setting teammate Adam 
Brossman '08 in the LVC Hall of Fame 
together since he believes they were a combi- 
nation that no defense could stop. "In all my 
years, he is right up there; he was one of my favorites." 

To find out how Kelly and the Express fared in 2008, 
log onto their web site at: www.expressindoorfootball.com. 



Ryan Zvorsky '09 Is an English commui 
major from Pottsvilie and managing ad 
La Via CoMegierwe, He spent the spring 
interning in the LVC College Relations < 




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Kathryn "Katy" Wallner '05 teaches English 
as a second janguage at the kindergarten 
level in the Fairfax County Public Schools in 
Virginia. In May 2007, she was nominated 
for New Teacher of the Year. She is attending 
George Mason University Graduate School in 
the Initiatives in Education Transformation 
program. 

Matthew L. Wensel '05 is the director of 
music ministries at Zion United Methodist 
Church in York. He directs the chancel choir, 
handbell choir, and brass ensemble. He is 
also a solo organ recitalist and a member 
of Duo Heroique with trumpeter Brent 
Flinchbaugh. 

Rachel B. Winters '05 and Evan Van Orden 
exchanged wedding vows on July 21, 2007, 
in Carlisle. Rachel is teaching first grade in 
the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. 

J. Travis Wkmeyer '05 is employed by Phillip 
Sales Company, Texas, as a manufacturer s 
representative for game sales to major retailers. 

Crystal Lynn Zimmerman '05 teaches second 
grade at Lititz Area Mennonite School. 



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Alisha Ann Arnold '06 and Travis Michael 
Miller exchanged wedding vows on May 19, 
2007, in Mt. Joy. Alisha is an educational 
service consultant for the Early Intervention 
Program of the Berks County Intermediate 
Unit, Reading. 

Kelly B. Bastek '06 is a learning support 
teacher at Northwest Elementary School in 
the Lebanon School District. 

Julie B. Bear '06 teaches fifth grade at Silver 
Spring Elementary School in the Cumberland 
Valley School District in Mechanicsburg. 

Julie M. Bicker '06 is a fifth-grade teacher 
at Annapolis Elementary School in the Anne 
Arundel County Schools in Maryland. 

Laura K. Burdick '06 and Paul Bradley 
exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 18, 2007, 
in Reading. Amy Schrack '06 and Melanie 
Weller '06 were in the bridal party. Laura is 
a graduate student at Clarion University of 
Pennsylvania. 

Joni L. Clouser '06 is the director of educa- 
tion and outreach at Lebanon Family Health 
Services. 




(L to r.) Scott Sypher, Mariah Sypher-Fritsch, Dan Taney, Heather Przyhocki '07, Billy Silar '05, 
Jessica Sypher '04, Cheryl Sypher '06, Mike Hoinowski '05, Andrew Gena '05, Lindsay Crum '08, 
Dan Melius '05, Amy Lazarski '06, Steven Sypher, and Sarah Sypher. 



Rebecca A. Hornberger '06 and John C. 
Brewster '04 exchanged wedding vows on 
July 21, 2007, in Ephrata. Bridesmaids 
included: Sarah O'Leary '04, Kathryn 
Hudson '06, and Mary Warner '07. Brock 
Kerchner '01 served as best man. Serving as 
groomsmen were: Ralph Shoemaker '00, 
Shawn Fies '04, Ronald Stump '04, Jason 
Bachman '05, and Christopher Metzger 
'06. Musicians included instrumentalists 
Scott Schimpf '03 and Mark Rizzo '09, 
and soloist Dr. Michael Wojdylak '97, an 
adjunct assistant professor of music at LVC. 

Kendra Jean Johnson '06 and Zachary 
Morgan Cook '06 exchanged wedding vows 
on Sept. 1, 2007, in Richland. In attendance 
were Jeremy Umbenhauer '06, Meredith 
Piersol '06, Alicia Shahadi '06, and Alicia 
Sheeto '06. Kendra is employed by the 
Antique Automobile Club of America in 
Hershey. Zachary teaches social studies 
in the Eastern Lebanon County School 
District, Myerstown. 

Megan M. Kelly '06 is an exceptional chil- 
dren's pre-kindergarten teacher in the War- 
ren County Schools in Warrenton, N.C. 

Stephanie Ann Kline '06 is a classroom 
teacher for Northwestern Human Services, 
Carlisle. 

Justin D. Klunk '06 is a project manager at 
Avery Atlantic, LLC, a construction com- 
pany in Las Vegas. 

Alison "Allie" J. Lencicki '06 is working 
in the housing and residence life office at 
Marywood University in Scranton. She is 
pursuing her master s degree in communica- 
tion arts in media management and public 
relations. 

Jeanine M. McAbee '06 and Christopher 
Snyder exchanged wedding vows on July 20, 
2007, in Aston. Jessica Michaels '06 served 



as a bridesmaid. Kristin Iacobino '06, Dawn 
Wilson '06, Trida Uzialko '06, Jeff Disanza 
'07, Shawn Berwager '01, and Brandi Ber- 
wager '08 were in attendance. 

Heather Lynn Rishel '06 is a staff accountant 
at Dunbar Corporation in Hunt Valley, Md. 

Phillip M. Serio '06 is working in informa- 
tion technology services in the corporate of- 
fices at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. 

Cheryl Lynn Sypher '06 and Michael J. 
Hoinowski '05, '07 exchanged wedding 
vows on Sept. 29, 2007, in Spring City. The 
bridal party is pictured above. Those in atten- 
dance included Mark Sypher '81, Cory 
Anthony '05, Kari Jost '07, Kristy Mc- 
Manus Cohen '04, Gwen Reiner '04, Chris 
Gunnell '05, Staci Storti '05, Keri Bugden 
'06, Samantha Baas '07, Carolina "Coni" 
Russo '05, Eileen Jahn '07, Bob Stasiunas 
'07, and Ruth Crabbs '04. 

Jeremy A. Umbenhauer '06 and Jessica Rae 
Culp exchanged wedding vows on June 23, 
2007, in Lebanon. Jason Umbenhauer '04, 

brother of the groom, served as one of the 
ushers. Jeremy is a chemistry teacher in the 
Lebanon School District. 

Brandon R. Valentine '06 is a sales repre- 
sentative for Sciele Pharma Sales, Inc., in 
Harrisburg. 

Sarah L. Van De Weert '06 is a legislative 
analyst for the New York State Assembly 
Minority in Albany. 

Victoria "Vicki" Van Hise '06 is the assis- 
tant to academic support at Lebanon Valley 
College. 

Lauren I. Warner '06 is a clinical research 
associate at Novum Pharmaceutical Research 
Services in Pittsburgh. 



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Charles W. Weber '06 is head of the elec- 
trics department at Feld Entertainment. The 
company produces Ringling Brothers and 
Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, 
Disney Live, and Doodlebops Live. 



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Yekaterina N. Belousov '07 received the 
Norman M. Axelrod, DO Scholarship from 
the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation 
to attend Philadelphia College of Osteo- 
pathic Medicine. Her interest is in family 
practice and helping the medically under- 
served. She is a volunteer at the Water Street 
Rescue Mission clinic, Lancaster. 

Melissa A. Bersano '07 is a fifth-grade learn- 
ing support teacher in the South Middleton 
School District, Boiling Springs. 

Renae M. Boyer '07 is an emotional sup- 
port instructor at Lebanon Middle School. 

Sarah E. Coiner '07 and Nick Crowther 
exchanged wedding vows on June 23, 2007, 
in Ephrata. Jenn Wagner '07 served as a 
bridesmaid. 

Angela Dawn Esh '07 is a therapeutic sup- 
port staff member at Youth Advocate in 
Lancaster. 

Justin M. Frankfort '07 and Ashley Walmer 
were married on Aug. 17, 2007, in LVCs 
Miller Chapel. 

Kate E. Fry '07 is an editorial assistant at 
A.M. Best in Oldwick, NJ. 

Jill T. Kidulic '07 is the e-business manager 
at Lebanon Seaboard Corporation, Lebanon. 

Sarah E. Lennard '07 is a learning support 
assistant in the North Penn School District, 
North Wales. 

Jessica M. Liberati '07 is the music teacher 
at Glenridge Elementary School in the School 
District of Clayton, Landover Hills, Md. 

Carlin A. Luz '07 is the patron services 
manager for the Harrisburg Symphony 
Orchestra. 

Bettylou R. Mihal '07 is a safety and 
security officer at the Hershey Lodge and 
Convention Center. 




1 ust as Katie McCarty '07 was getting ready to 
start her final semester at LVC in the fall of 2006, 
opportunity came knocking — the chance to work as 
a production intern in New York City for ABC's hit 
soap opera, One Life to Live. 

Even though the internship didn't involve the sing- 
ing, dancing, and acting she had done for many Wig 
and Buckle Theater Company productions on cam- 
pus, she jumped at the chance to be part of the real 
world of entertainment. But life in the Big Apple was 
tougher than she had imagined. 

"My new duties were extremely time consuming 
and involved lots of copying, faxing, and running er- 
rands all over the city. I had arrangements to live with friends, but my housing 
plans fell through," she explained. Three weeks of craziness ensued as McCarty 
tried desperately to keep up with her grueling internship schedule and simulta- 
neously search for a place to live. "I lived out of a suitcase and moved to differ- 
ent friends' places every few days. Trying to find housing became an impossible 
task." But the energetic senior didn't let all the hassles defeat her. Instead, she 
decided to change course and return to the Valley to finish her final semester. 

She had not registered for any spring classes because her internship was sup- 
posed to have provided her with the final credits she needed. Faced with yet 
another predicament, McCarty spoke with Marie Bongiovanni, professor and 
chair of English, who suggested that McCarty write a play about her time in 
New York as an independent study project. That suited McCarty fine: "Writing 
a play or a screenplay has always been a dream of mine." 

McCarty s comedy of errors about her crazy and exciting time in the big city 
was a hit with Dr. Kevin Pry '76, LVC associate professor of English, who thought 
it would make a great fall play for his Theater Production and Performance class. 
As for McCarty, she "felt honored and privileged" to have LVC produce it. "The 
entire experience was surreal, because I watched a dream of mine materialize." 
Pry's students helped McCarty name the play, / Think You Should, because it is 
the story of a college student who keeps getting advice from anyone and every- 
one about what to do in the "real world." 

For students in the audience, the play was successful not only because it was 
funny, but also because it was relevant. They could identify with the hassles 
McCarty faced as she navigated urban life on her own for the first time. Ryan 
Zvorsky '09 called the play an emotional "roller coaster ride," because he began 
to see firsthand some of the problems he might encounter in an urban environ- 
ment — just as he was beginning to contemplate his own internship in Phila- 
delphia. 

Now, not only has McCarty added the credential "playwright" to her resume\ 
but she also has deftly avoided work that involves copying, faxing, and running 
errands. McCarty has entered the "real world" doing what she truly loves: sing- 
ing, dancing, and acting. As a main character for a Disney Cruise Lines show, 
she's not allowed to say whether she's Pocahontas or Sleeping Beauty. But if 
you are lucky, you can catch her cruising on stage through the Caribbean, the 
Panama Canal, and the Mexican Riviera. 

Marie Cusick '08 graduated In May and recently began a jeb as a 
television news reporter for KTWO-TV, an ABC affiliate In Wyoming. 



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by Ryan Zvorsky '09 

During the spring 2008 semester, Steven Wisner, a junior English 
communications major, landed an internship as a character at the 
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. 

If it weren't for his family and friends urging him on, Steven Wisner '09 said he might 
never have risked the intimidating audition for an internship with the entertainment giant 
Disney — even though his friends say he has the talent and an impressive resume. He dared 
to put his skills to the test, because he knew he could draw on the confidence he developed 
from many relevant activities at the Valley: roles with the Wig and Buckle Theater Company; 
writing for La Vie Collegienne, the student-run campus newspaper; an on-air gig with WLVC 

Radio, the Internet-broadcast radio station; and experience 
with marching band and media services. 

U I think the biggest thing is don't tell yourself NOT to 
go for it. Go for it and don't sell yourself short before you 
even start. Let them be the ones to tell you no'; don't tell 
yourself no,'" Wisner said. 

For him, the process started in the fall of 2007 when he 
searched online and found the Disney College Program. In 
October, Wisner started the ball rolling when he attended a 
live presentation Disney offered at Harrisburg Area Com- 
munity College (HACC) in Harrisburg. There he learned 
how an internship with Disney could help him make con- 
nections for future jobs with corporations such as ABC and 
ESPN. 

Wisner chose to attend the live presentation at HACC — 
rather than watch it online — because he knew he had a 
better chance of receiving a phone interview from the head 
of casting for the Disney College Program in Florida if the 
local Disney representative had a chance to look him over 
in Harrisburg. 

Two days later, the phone rang. During the 20-minute 
interview, "I expressed my interest in being a character 
actor," Wisner said, "and at that point, the interviewer 
made sure that was really what I wanted to do, because that is one of the hardest positions 
to land. You definitely need to want to be a character actor first and foremost in order to 
pursue it from there. That is what I knew I wanted to do," said Wisner. "The one thing the 
Disney interviewer noted — and it is a big thing — is that LVC offers the chance to be in- 
volved in a lot of different things," Wisner said. 

In mid-November, Wisner traveled west to Pittsburgh for a formal audition. Just be- 
fore he left for the Steel City, Wisner shaved off his goatee. It was a great idea, he recalled. 
Physical features, he pointed out, were crucial, including height. 

During the five-hour audition, he learned a dance, met with the costumer and hair/ 
makeup artist, and got into costume. Finally, Wisner learned he had made it — he received 
a verbal commitment that he was approved for a face character. He left with a positive vibe, 
but still needed to sign on the dotted line. Two weeks later, he opened the fat packet of ac- 
ceptance materials that sealed the deal for a spring internship with Disney. 

Disney wanted him, but would the College give him credit for the experience? No prob- 
lem. Wisner is proud of the fact that at a small college like LVC, the English Department 
was supportive when it came to approving the internship. The faculty believes in their stu- 
dents getting real-world experience. 

To read more about Wisner's internship as a "face" and "fur" character, log onto LVC's 
web site at www.lvc.edu and click on the link for the internship profile. 




Heather A. Neff '07 and Matthew Ceresini 

'04 exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 13, 
2007, in LVC's Miller Chapel. 

Alan M. Newsome '07 is an associate in re- 
tirement systems at Towers Perrin in Phila- 
delphia. 

Angela "Angie" Undercuffler '07 is teaching 
English and journalism in the Pequea Valley 
School District in Kinzers. She also serves as 
the school's newspaper advisor. 

Ashley J. Visneski '07 is teaching chemistry 
at Liberty High School in the Bethlehem 
Area School District, Bedford, Va. 




Kelly J. Wenrich '07 and James E O'Brien '07 
exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 11, 2007, in 
LVC "s Miller Chapel 

Amanda S. Wolfe '07 and Joseph Wise 
exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 15, 2007, 
in LVC's Miller Chapel. 

Michael D. Yannick '07 is an associate at 
Towers Perrin in Philadelphia. 

Faculty and Staff News 

Richard "Dick" Charles recently received 
the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary 
International. The award recognizes people 
whose community service represents the 
ideals of the Rotary. Dick is vice president 
emeritus for advancement at LVC. 

Dr. Christopher J. Dolan and his wife, 
Holly, welcomed a daughter, Abigail Gonyea, 
into their family on Oct. 19, 2007. Chris is 
an assistant professor of political science at 
LVC. 



Ryan Zvorsky '09 Is an English communications major from Pottsville and 
managing editor of La Vie Collegienne, Ho spent the spring semester intern- 
ing in the LVC College Relations Office. 



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Aaron Hanley and his wife, Stacey, wel- 
comed a son, Jackson "Jack" Lee, into their 
family on Sept. 2, 2007. Aaron is an officer 
with the public safety department at LVC. 

Dr. Lori Oxford, assistant professor of 
Spanish, and Alberto Centeno-Pulido, lec- 
turer in Spanish, welcomed a daughter, Olivia 
Camille, into their family on Nov. 1 1, 2007. 

Dr. Noelle Vahanian and her husband, 
Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, welcomed a daughter, 
Rose-Marie Claire, into their family on 
Nov. 19, 2007. Both Noelle and Jeff are 
assistant professors of religion and philo- 
sophy at LVC. 

Dr. Scott N. Walck, associate professor 
of physics, and his wife, Peggy Bright, wel- 
comed a son, Daniel Roger, into their family 
on Jan. 12,2008. 

Friends and Trustees 

James M. Mead, assistant 
treasurer of LVC s Board 
of Trustees, has been 
elected to the board of the 
Hershey Trust Company. 
He was also elected to the 
board of managers of 
Milton Hershey School. 
He is a health-economics 
consultant and vice chairman of Susque- 
hanna Township-based Capital Blue Cross. 

Harry Speece and his wife, Patricia, cel- 
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
in January. Harry has been attending LVC 
sporting events since he was 14. For the 
past 12 years, he has been archiving any 
information — newspaper clippings, box 
scores, rosters, photos — he can find on any 
of the 21 intercollegiate sports. Without 
Harrys efforts, many of the Colleges record 
books would be incomplete. He has contin- 
ued the work started by Glenn Hall '49. 



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The Rev. Dr. G. Edgar Hertzler '30, H'54 

died Sept. 12, 2007, in Elizabethtown at age 
99. He served on the Board of Trustees at 
LVC for 24 years. Hertzler organized the first 
volunteer chaplaincy service at Harrisburg 
Hospital. He served as president of the Inter- 
denominational Leadership Training School 
of Harrisburg, and was past president of the 
Pennsylvania State Pastors Conference. In 
the 1940s, he was a deputy clerk of the 
Dauphin County courts. Hertzler s first 
assignment as an ordained minister was 
to the Lebanon Circuit. He served at the 
29th Street United Brethren Church for 25 
years, where he was named pastor emeritus. 
He served as pastor of St. Pauls Church in 
Elizabethtown, chair of the United Fund 
Drive for the borough, part-time chaplain 
in the Masonic Homes, and also served the 
Otterbein Church in Harrisburg. After 
retirement, Hertzler became the chaplain/ 
counselor at Neill Funeral Home, and later 
conducted a telephone ministry to shut-in 
and lonely people. He was a member of 
the Abraham Treichler Lodge No. 682 in 
Elizabethtown, and past chaplain of the 
Harrisburg Tall Cedars of Lebanon No. 43. 
Among others, he is survived by a daughter, 
Georgia Hertzler Bartholomew '60, and a 
step-daughter, Carol Mickey Fleisher '66. 

Edith Fields Reynolds '32 died Sept. 29, 
2007, in New York at age 96. After graduat- 
ing from LVC, she worked as a registered 
nurse at Reading Hospital and worked as a 
school nurse and teacher for 20 years in New 
York. She retired in 1970. 

Dorothy R. Hartz '33 died Aug. 1 1, 2007, in 
Lebanon at age 94. She retired from Hershey 
Foods Corporation with 44 years of service. 
For over 40 years, Miller was a member of 
Palm Lutheran Church, Palmyra, and a vol- 
unteer at Spang Crest, Lebanon. She traveled 
in Europe, Israel, Canada, and the United 
States. Among others, she is survived by a 
cousin, Ronald J. Poorman '63, and his wife, 
Karen Mellinger Poorman '65. 

Edward R. Bachman '37 died Nov. 30, 2007, 
in Harrisburg at age 91 . He had been a claims 
adjuster for Penn National Insurance Com- 
pany and was a member of Brookfield Bible 
Church, Harrisburg. Bachman loved basket- 
ball; he played in high school, college, and 
on various YMCA teams. Among others, 
he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. 
George S. Bachman '36. 



Grant Wilbur Gibble '38 died Sept. 17, 2007, 
in Hilton Head Island, at age 91. He was a 
partner, general manager, secretary, and trea- 
surer of the Palmyra Bologna Company, and 
served on state and national boards associ- 
ated with the meat packing industry before 
retiring in 1984. Gibble was also vice presi- 
dent of the Palmyra School Authority, trea- 
surer of the United Methodist Church for 15 
years, member of the board of directors for 
Bornbergers, Inc., vice president of Lebanon/ 
Hershey Tourist Bureau, auditor for North 
Londonderry Township, chair of the board 
of directors for the Hershey Country Club, 
board member of the Palmyra Rotary Club, 
and a member of LVC s Alumni Association. 
After retirement, Gibble was chair of the 
Baynard Cove Property Membership Asso- 
ciation in Hilton Head, N.C. 

Barbara Sloane Haas '38 died Oct. 7, 2007, 
in Mechanicsburg at age 91. She was active 
in the Harrisburg Red Cross during World 
War II. She was a member of Calvary United 
Methodist Church, and Harrisburg Country 
Club. Haas was active in the Harrisburg 
Community Theater. She was a clinical 
social worker, a life fellowship member in 
the American Orthopsychiatric Association, 
a life member of American Association of 
University Women, and a charter member 
of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the 
National Association of Social Workers. 
Haas was a psychiatric social worker at York 
and Harrisburgs Child Guidance Clinics, 
and assisted in the establishment of the York 
Mental Health Clinic. In 1955, she joined 
Milton Hershey School as an administrative 
associate of enrollment and served until her 
retirement. 

Ethel V. Wilt '38 died Jan. 13, 2008, in 
Lebanon at age 90. She was a teacher for the 
Lewistown and Hershey school districts, and 
a member of the Church of Good Shepherd, 
Lebanon. Among others, she is survived by 
her sister, Martha Wilt Grimm '43. 

Irene Ranck Christman '39 died Dec. 9, 
2007, in Lititz at age 89. She was a vocal and 
instrumental music instructor and served 
as supervisor of music in the public schools 
for 43 years, first at Warwick Township, and 
later in Middletown and Central Dauphin 
school districts. She authored several books 
and manuals on music. Christman served 
over 40 years as executive director of the 
Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association 
and as chair of the National Council of State 
Executive Secretaries of the Music Educators 
National Conference. She organized and 
served as the first president of the Dauphin 



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County Music Education Association. In 
1991, she was awarded a National Service 
Award from the Music Industry Council, 
and received similar recognition from the 
Music Educators National Conference 
in 1990. In addition, Christman served 
several terms on the board of the Hershey 
Symphony Orchestra. She was a longtime 
member of Pine Street Presbyterian Church 
and its choir. 

Lillian ZubroffMelman '39 died Jan. 1 1 , 
2008, in Harrisburg at age 90. She was an 
avid reader, lover of music, and a teacher. 
Melman was a member of Temple Ohev 
Sholom and past president of the Temple 
Sisterhood. Among others, she is survived 
by her daughter, Cynthia S. Melman '69. 



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Lt. Col. Frank L. Shenk '41 died Oct. 
25, 2007, in Fort Belvoir, Va., at age 88. 
He served in the Army for 29 years, retir- 
ing in 1970. He then took up a new career 
in arts and crafts, working at the Torpedo 
Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va. 
Among others, Shenk is survived by his 
wife, Genevieve Stansfield Shenk '43, a 
son, Alan E. Shenk '69, and a daughter, 
Suzanne Shenk Banish '71. 

Margaret "Peggy" Cox Glen '42 died Dec. 
23, 2007, in Chambersburg at age 86. She 
was a music teacher and band director at 
Oley High School near Reading. Glen was 
a member of the First United Methodist 
Church in Chambersburg and its Alda 
Bower Sunday school class. She was a mem- 
ber of the Falling Spring Chapter #2814 
AARP, the Chambersburg Afternoon Club, 
Chambersburg Country Club, the Institute 
for Retired Persons, and she volunteered 
for many years with the Chambersburg Toy 
Mission. She was preceded in death by her 
husband, Dr. Donald J. Glen '42. Among 
others, she is survived by a son, George S. 
Glen '70, and his wife, Nancy Alber Glen 
'73, and a sister, Dorothy Cox Yannaccone 
'44, and brother-in-law, Dr. Robert 
Yannaccone '43. 

lhe Rev. Ralph H. Manwiller '43 died 
Oct. 17, 2007, in Reading at age 84. He 
was a United Methodist minister, retir- 
ing in 1970, and a member of Trinity 
United Church of Christ, Mount Penn. 
He received his bachelor of divinity degree 
in 1945 from the Evangelical School of 
Theology in Reading. 



The Rev. Dr. R. Howard Paine '43 died 
Nov. 18, 2007, in Wernersville at age 85. 
He was pastor of Christ Evangelical and 
Reformed Church, Boston; associate pastor 
for Christ United Church of Christ (UCC), 
Bethlehem; pastor of St. Paul's UCC, 
Manheim; and St. Thomas UCC, Reading, 
from 1959 to 1986. Paine was campaign 
director for Phoebe Home, and Phoebe 
Ministries trustee and chair (1999-2002). 
In 2000, he received the Trustee of the 
Year Award from the UCC Council for 
Health and Human Service Ministries. 
Paine was an adjunct professor at Lancaster 
Theological Seminary and a member of 
numerous committees. He was the delegate 
to several UCC General Synod, a board 
member of Lancaster Theological Seminary, 
director of Office of Church and Leadership 
of UCC, editor of New Mercersburg Review, 
and vice president of Mercersburg Society. 
Paine served on the cabinet of the United 
Way of Berks County. He was an author of 
numerous articles on worship and theology 
and co-authored Book of Prayer for Church 
and Home. He was a member of St. Paul's 
UCC, Robesonia. Among others, Paine 
is survived by a granddaughter, Elise K. 
DeVere '07. 

Eleanor Hershey Kaufrman '46 died Aug. 
21, 2007, in Carlisle at age 82. She retired 
from the Carlisle Area School District, 
where she was an elementary school music 
teacher. She was a member of Grace United 
Methodist Church, Carlisle, where she was 
in the chancel choir and also directed the 
children's and youth choirs. Among others, 
she is survived by her husband of 60 years, 
the Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Kaufrman '44, 
H'65. 

Kathryn M. Kaufhold '46 died July 13, 
2007, in Wormleysburg at age 95. She 
was retired from the Harrisburg School 
District. Kaufhold was a member of the 
former St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the 
Cathedral of Saint Patrick Church, the 
Cathedral Over 50 Club, the St. Lawrence 
Society, the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers 
Association, and the National Council of 
Senior Citizens. 

Dr. Paul Gottshall Fisher '47 died Dec. 
21, 2007, in Lancaster at age 85. He served 
in the U.S. Air Force in World War II. 
Fisher started his career teaching and con- 
ducting bands and choruses in the Deny 
Township Schools and Hershey Junior 
College. He was chair of the music depart- 
ment at Millersville University until retir- 
ing. He held numerous offices in district 
and state organizations of the Pennsylvania 



Music Educators Association, and was 
president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate 
Band and Choral Associations, as well 
as the Eastern Region Collegiate Band 
Association. Fisher played principal horn 
in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra 
(HSO) for over 32 years and also in the 
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. In ad- 
dition, he was assistant conductor of the 
HSO for 10 years. He was the founder 
of the Hershey Community Chorus, the 
Wesley Singers, and the Lancaster Pops 
Orchestra. He was a deacon in the Spring 
Creek Church, and was involved with 
missions at the First United Methodist 
Church, where he was the director of music 
for 25 years. Fisher was president of the 
Lancaster Community Concert Association. 
Among others, he is survived by his wife, 
Sara Schott Fisher '47, and a son, Paul S. 
Fisher 71. 

Edwin Francis Englehart '48 died Dec. 
2, 2007, in Dover, Del., at age 86. He was 
a decorated World War II veteran of the 
2nd Infantry Division. From 1948-1983 
he was the band director and music de- 
partment chair at Caesar Rodney School 
District, Camden-Wyoming, Del. Englehart 
served as chair of the Kent County Music 
Educators Association, State Band chair, 
was a past president and on the board of 
directors for the Delaware Music Educators 
Association, and the Music Educators 
National Board of Directors. He received 
many local music awards. Englehart wrote 
and arranged music, and played clarinet and 
saxophone, including 42 years as lead saxo- 
phone with the Bob Wagner Orchestra and 
10 years as principal clarinet with the Dover 
Symphony Orchestra. From 1948-2006, 
he was director of the senior choir at First 
Baptist Church, Dover, Del., and served on 
numerous church boards and committees. 
Englehart was a member of Union Lodge 
#7, A.F.&A.M., and a longtime member 
of the Dover Stamp Club. In 1997, he was 
named Humanitarian of the Year by the 
Benjamin F. Burton Foundation, and in 
2002, received a citation of meritorious 
service from the Caesar Rodney Board of 
Education. In 2005, he was named Citizen 
of the Year by Dover Lodge #1903, Order 
of Elks, and most recently was designated 
Honorary Commander of the Operations 
Support Squadron, 436th Airlift Wing, 
Dover Air Force Base. 

Dr. Samuel A. Hartman II '48 died Nov. 
6, 2007, in Lebanon at age 81. He was the 
first pediatrician in Lebanon and retired 
after 38 years of service to the commu- 
nity. He was a member of Salem Lutheran 



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Howard Anthony 'Tony" Neidig, Ph.D. '43, H'04, one of the 

nation's foremost undergraduate chemistry educators and a professor 
emeritus at LVC, died on Jan. 19, 2008. His life was celebrated in a 
memorial service April 12 at Miller Chapel. As part of an 18-month, multi- 
million dollar renovation, the College renamed its science building the 
Neidig-Garber Science Center. The renovated building opened for full use 
at the start of the spring 2008 semester, just five days before his death. 
Neidig helped to oversee the renovations to the science center that bears 
his name, and served as co-chair of the successful Science Initiative of 
the Great Expectations Campaign that helped to make its transformation 



Sixty years ago at LVC, Neidig established the first joint undergraduate 
student-faculty research program in the country. Over the years, the 
research program he started continued to thrive and the Chemistry 
Department he led for 34 years became a national leader in under- 
graduate science education. 

LVC President Stephen C. MacDonald said of Neidig, "He was a giant 
at this College, and he was a giant in his field and in undergraduate 
research and undergraduate education. He was a lively, energetic, 
impatient man. We will miss him a great deal." 

The current chair of the LVC Chemistry Department, Dr. Owen A. Moe f 
who worked for many years with Neidig, described him this way: "Tony 
Neidig was an important educator in chemistry, both nationally and even 
worldwide. His ideas were innovative, and he moved them effectively 
out onto the national stage. His published laboratory experiments, 
for example, have been used over many years by millions of students 
working to understand experimental aspects of chemistry. Tony's efforts, 
by association, have given the LVC Chemistry Department and the College 
itself a good measure of national recognition." 

In their online condolences, Neidig's former students wrote about 
his brilliance, patience, enthusiasm, passion for chemistry, and many 
kindnesses. This one from William Renzulli, M.D., '61 is typical, "Dr. Neidig 
was outstanding. He made organic chemistry so interesting that I took 
advanced organic just to be in his class. One of my best teachers . . . 
ever!" Another former student, Scott Berger '82, wrote: "There couldn't 
have been a nicer man, a more straightforward professor, a wiser mentor, 
and a man who could make me enjoy chemistry as much as he did. I 
finished out with a different major, but I always held Dr. Neidig in the 
highest regard. I think all of us whose lives he touched will miss him!" 

Born in Lemoyne on Jan. 25, 1924, he was the son of Howard A. Neidig 
Sr. and Rhae A. Gutshall Neidig. Neidig was predeceased by his first wife, 
Gene Bowman Neidig. He married Helen in 1972. Formerly residents of 
Palmyra, the Neidigs later moved to The Woods at Cornwall Manor in 
Cornwall. 

A 1940 graduate of Lemoyne High School, Neidig received a bachelor 
of science degree from Lebanon Valley in 1943 and a doctoral degree 
in organic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1948. Neidig 
was active in speaking engagements and participated in conferences 
throughout the U.S. and internationally. Neidig was a professor at 
LVC from 1948-1985, and for most of that time, from 1951 through his 




retirement, he served as chair of the Chemistry Department. He served 
on the College's Board of Trustees from 1969-1979. He and Helen 
were honorary co-chairs of the Great Expectations Campaign, which 
concluded last year after raising over $55 million for the College. The 
Neidigs established and endowed the Neidig Fund for Chemistry 
Scholarships, the Neidig Chemistry Research Fund, and the Howard 
Anthony Neidig Award for an outstanding LVC senior. 

He was a co-founder of Chemical Education Resources, serving as 
publisher from 1984-2000. He also served on the board of trustees of 
Keystone College, La Plume. Neidig was an avid and knowledgeable jazz 
enthusiast. 

He was a director of the laboratory program for the Chemical Bond 
Approach and was the program director for the Modular Laboratory 
Program in Chemistry. Neidig was a member of numerous professional 
organizations, including the American Chemical Society, American 
Institute of Chemists, Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts 
Chemistry Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, New York 
Academy of Science, Pennsylvania Association of College Chemistry 
Teachers, Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association, Society of Sigma 
Xi, and Chemical Heritage Foundation. 

In 1970, Neidig received the Manufacturing Chemists' Association 
Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching; and in 1978, the E. Emmet 
Reid Award from the American Chemical Society. He was awarded an 
honorary doctorate of humane letters from LVC in 2004. 

Surviving beside his wife, are daughters, Kathy Neidig Calabrese 73 
of Bethlehem; Nancy Bentzel of Dover; Linda O'Leary of Arlington, Va.; 
a son, John Banigan of New Canaan, Conn.; 10 grandchildren and one 
great granddaughter. 

Contributions in his honor may be made to the Neidig Chemistry 
Research Fund or the Neidig Chemistry Scholarship Fund,' Development 
Office, Lebanon Valley College, 101 N. College Ave., Annville, PA 17003. 
On-line remembrances may be submitted atwwwJvc.edu/college- 
reiations/neidig. 



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Church, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Amer- 
ican Medical Association, and American 
Academy of Pediatricians. Hartman served 
in the U.S. Army during World War II as an 
interpreter with Headquarters Company, 3rd 
Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment in Japan. 
Among others, he is survived by a grandson, 
Stuart J. Hartman '07. 

Karl E. Miller '48 died July 16, 2007, in 
Geneva, 111., at age 83. He served in the 
U.S. Army Air Corps in the 8th Air Force, 
stationed in Bungay, England during World 
War II. He was a 1st lieutenant navigator on 
B24s. Miller worked for Illinois Bell/AT&T 
Telephone Company for 30 years and retired 
in 1979. After retirement, he worked for 
Re/Max Gateway West in Geneva. He was a 
42-year member of Baker Memorial United 
Methodist Church in St. Charles, 111. He was 



a past president of the St. Charles Kiwanis 
Club, past commander of American Legion 
Post #342, 50-year member of Unity Lodge 
#48 A.F.&A.M., and a member of numer- 
ouse other organizations. 

Rena Biely Miller '48 died Aug. 16, 2007, 
in Lebanon at age 81. She was an active 
member of the Hebron United Methodist 
Church, where she led a lady s Bible study 
and taught the adult Sunday school class. 
Miller dedicated much of her life to being 
part of Child Evangelism Fellowship in 
Lebanon County where she taught many 
Good News clubs, and helped operate the 
summer day camp program. She also taught 
adult Bible study at Wernersville State 
Hospital for many years. She is survived, 
among others, by a brother, Alden G. Biely 
'52, H'63. 



Robert Hart Miller '48 died Dec. 20, 2007, 
in Hagerstown, Md., at age 80. He served 
three years with the U.S. Army during the 
Korean War. Early on, he and his father 
operated the Fred B. Miller Truss Company 
in Hagerstown. He later worked as man- 
ager of the Case Management Department 
at the Maryland Correctional Institution 
in Hagerstown, and retired in 2000 after 
28 years of service. Miller was a life mem- 
ber of the Sigma Phi Epsilon National 
Fraternity, and was a member of Morris 
Frock American Legion Post 42, Hagerstown 
Soccer Club, Potomac Playmakers, as well 
as other numerous organizations. He was 
a member of the Young Republicans Club, 
and in 1962, ran for the Maryland House of 
Delegates. In 1970 he received the Prudential 
Insurance Company's Community Service 
Award. Miller was a founding member of 






Florence Elizabeth Barnhait '47, a longtime neighbor, benefactor, 
and friend of the College, died Jan. 10, 2008 in Lebanon. She was 81. Born 
in the house on the corner of College and Sheridan avenues, Annville, on 
May 13, 1926, Barnhart lived there for most of her life. "My sister's love 
for her home, surrounded by the LVC campus, was contagious to all my 
family," said Barnhart's sister, Bonnie West. 

"Ms. Florence was indeed a very special 
lady," said Wuyatta Sellu '04, an international 
student from Sierra Leone. "She showed me 
the ropes and always had a shoulder to cry on 
whenever the need arose. She would share her 
memories of Sierra Leone, especially working 
at Hartford Secondary School for Girls. I just 
enjoyed hearing her talk about her experiences 
and how much she loved being a missionary." 

Barnhart was a 1944 graduate of Annville High 
School and a 1947 graduate of Lebanon Valley 
College. Following her graduation, she spent 13 
years working in foreign missions for the United 
Brethren Church (now the United Methodist Church) in Moyamba, Sierra 
Leone, West Africa. There she taught English, mathematics, history, and 
organized a Girl Guide program. After her return to the United States, she 
was the leader of the senior Girl Scout troop in Annville. 

In 1955, she received a master of arts degree from the University of 
Pennsylvania. From 1959 to 1990, she taught English in the Derry Township 
School District in both the junior and senior high schools. 

"She was my favorite teacher at Hershey High School," said graduate 
Susan Barley of Australia. "Miss Barnhart was a true individual, with 
her big heart and beautiful, shining face. She taught us to love language, 




books, and the written word." Alice Knutsen, who taught English at 
Hershey, remembered, "As a young teacher, I saw Miss Barnhart as a 
master teacher. She presented a unit to my humanities class on primitive 
culture and art and tied her information to her mission work in Africa. I 
was in awe of her teaching, with no notes, and of her knowledge on many 
different topics. Florence's teaching style was down-to-earth, engaging, 
and personal. The students loved her; young 
teachers were inspired." Barnhart was also the 
yearbook advisor and costume coordinator for the 
high school musicals. 

A lifetime member of the Annville United 
Methodist Church, Barnhart was a Sunday school 
teacher there. She was an officer of the Lebanon 
Valley College Auxiliary, and a member of the 
Annville Home Study Circle. Her friend, Tom Grace, 
who was also a member of that group, recalled, 
"Florence graced us with her stately presence. 
Always the teacher, she generously shared her 
vast, many-sided knowledge of her travels, the 
history of the comic strip, the observance of the Kwanza holiday, etc." 
Her death has taken an "irreplaceable spirit from our membership," he 
added. 

Barnhart was a member of numerous professional, social, and 
historical groups. "Florence had the ability and the willingness to find a 
redeeming feature in every person and in every situation. I never knew 
her to lack this ability and willingness," said her friend Joan McCullough. 

Besides her sister, of Cornwall Manor, she is survived by nieces and 
nephews. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Annville Free 
Library, 216 E. Main St, Annville, PA 17003. 






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Dr. AgneS M. Boyle O'Donnell 82, of Annville, who for 25 years 
taught in the LVC English Department, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in 
Triumph Hospital, Harrisburg. A dedicated teacher and scholar, O'Donnell 
was known throughout her years at Lebanon Valley as a friend to all 
students and a beloved colleague. She and her husband, the late J. 
Robert O'Donnell, associate professor emeritus of physics at the College, 
spent endless hours with students discussing academic issues, as well 
as personal issues. Over the years, they hosted parties at their home that 
became legendary. 

"In my first few years at the Valley," recalled 
Dr. Arthur Ford '59, professor emeritus of English 
who worked with her for many years, "Ag's office 
was always open to all students, and all students 
came to see her, a constant parade. Most of 
them just wanted to talk, but others wanted a 
kind and caring person to listen to their problems, 
which ranged from relationship difficulties to, 
'What should I do since I don't support the war in 
Vietnam?' She never told a student what to do, but 
each seemed to leave her office with an answer. 

M l was privileged to team-teach several courses 
with Ag. She had a deep knowledge of her subject 
matter, and she could also get each student deeply 
involved in class discussions, which she led with even-handedness and 
sureness. Students learned much from her classes, but most importantly 
they learned to think. So did I. 

"I always wondered why Ag returned for her Ph.D. after she had 
proved herself to be an excellent teacher and after she had achieved 
tenure. Finally, I asked her, and she explained that she got the degree not 
to meet any external requirements, but only to meet the requirements she 
had set for herself. If she were going to be a teacher, she explained, then 




she should work at becoming the best teacher she could, regardless of 

academic requirements and regardless of age." 
Her influcence was felt in the Physics Department as well, where 

Dr. Jacob Rhodes, now a professor emeritus, led the department when 

O'Donnell's husband joined it in the 1950s. "She always attended Physics 

Department affairs with Bob and we thought of her as one of ours. She 

was an integral part of the department." 

O'Donnell received her bachelor's degree from Immaculata College 

and went on to receive her master of education degree from Temple 
University and her master of arts and doctoral 
degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. 
Prior to coming to Lebanon Valley, she taught at 
the Moravian Preparatory School in Bethlehem. 
While at Lebanon Valley, she taught a variety 
of courses in English and world literature and 
served on numerous committees, including 
the Strategic Planning Committee, the Dean's 
Search Committee, the Central Committee, the 
Faculty Affairs Committee, and the Middle States 
Evaluation Committee. She also served as a 
faculty representative on the Board of Trustees. 
At her retirement from LVC in 1987, O'Donnell was 
named professor emerita of English. 
O'Donnell was a member of the Modern Language Association, the 

Pennsylvania College English Association, the American Association of 

University Professors, and the James Joyce Society. 
She is survived by a niece, Kathleen Boyle DeCarlo, and a nephew, 

Daniel Boyle. 

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Agnes O'Donnell 

Literature Award Fund, Development Office, Lebanon Valley College, 101 

N. College Ave., Annville, PA 17003. 









the Washington County Cerebral Palsy 
Association and a member of its board of 
directors, as well as a two-term president of 
the board of directors of the Washington 
County Mental Health Association. 

Mark R. Arnold '49 died Oct. 12, 2007, 
in Lebanon at age 84, He was a 3rd-de- 
gree member of the Knights of Columbus 
Council #2870, a member of the Annville 
American Legion, a Boy Scout, and Boy 
Scout leader for many years. Arnold was a 
member of Sacred Heart Church, Cornwall, 
and was an usher for many years at the for- 
mer St. Gregory the Great Church. He had 
been proprietor of Arnold s Real Estate in 
Lebanon, and was a U.S. Army Air Force 
Veteran of World War II. 






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Robert N. Englehart '50 died Dec. 3, 
2007, in Harrisburg at age 80. After 35 
years, he retired from the Harrisburg State 
Hospital in 1986. He was a member of 
the 29th Street United Methodist Church, 
the Susquehanna Township High School 
Alumni Association, and the Progress Fire 
Company Home Association. 

Harold C. Batdorf '51 died Aug. 27, 2007, 
in Munich, Germany, at age 80. He worked 
for Radio Free Europe in Munich and was a 
veteran of the U.S. Army. 

Charles J. Morinchin '51 died Aug.l, 2007, 
in Cornwall at age 77. He was a U.S. Air 



Force veteran of the Korean War, and retired 
in 1968 as a foreman for Bethlehem Steel 
Corporation. 

Ethel Long Nuss '51 died Aug. 29, 2007, 
in Valparaiso, Ind., at age 77. Before moving 
to Illinois, she taught German and English 
at the Woods Schools in Langhorne and 
at Hershey High School. While in Illinois, 
Nuss taught in elementary schools. She was 
a member of the Calvary United Protestant 
Church in Park Forest, where she taught 
Sunday school and was a member of the 
women's group. Nuss volunteered in read- 
ing programs and was active in feeding the 
hungry. 

Dale L. Scheib '52 died Aug. 2, 2007, in 
Wilmington, Del., at age 79. He was retired 
from the DuPont Company. Scheib was 



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a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Union 
United Methodist Church for over 55 
years, and a member of the Newark Anglers 
Association. 

Lt. Col., USAF, retired, Dr. Warren L. 
Early '53 died Jan. 24, 2008, in Lebanon 
at age 79. He began his medical career as 
a physician to the original Mercury Seven 
NASA astronauts while stationed at Langjey 



Air Force Base in Virginia. He transferred to 
Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where 
he was chief of radiology at Malcolm Grow 
Medical Center. After early retirement from 
the Air Force in 1973, he opened a private 
practice in Waldorf, Md. He then went into 
semi-retirement, working as a radiologist for 
hospitals and practices in need of support. 
Among others, he is survived by his brother, 
the Rev. Henry R. Early '53. 



Dr. Allen H. Heim '53 died Oct. 31, 2007, 
in La Plata, Md., at age 79. He worked 
for the National Institute of Health for 
over 20 years, and was the project director 
for the team that developed the artificial 
kidney. Heim then worked for five years at 
Vanderbilt Medical Center as the director 
of sponsored research. He was proud to 
have been involved with NASA's first trip to 
Mars. 



Dr. JOerg W,R Mayer, 78, professor emeritus oi mathematical 
sciences at Lebanon Valley College, who was known for speaking his 
mind both as a professor and a community volunteer, died peacefully 
March 28, 2008, at his home in Brattleboro, Vt. He taught at the Valley for 
27 years, retiring in 1997. 

"Joerg will be remembered in many ways," said Dr. Brian Hearsey, 
chair of LVC's Mathematical Sciences Department "I will always 
remember his intellectual power, enthusiasm, and curiosity. He is high on 
the list of the most intelligent and well-educated 
individuals I have known." Hearsey remembered 
that Mayer was one of the first department 
chairs at LVC to insist on hiring only full-time 
faculty who had doctorates. 

Dr. Phytis Dryden, a professor emerrta of 
English, recalled, "Joerg made an unforgettable 
impression on the faculty at LVC. For as long as I 
can remember, he had his own 'seat' at the faculty 
meetings and always had something to say." 

"He was an extraordinary man— funny, 
irreverent knowledgeable, exasperating, 
stubborn, honest — the kind of person this world 
needs more of," wrote a friend from Brattleboro, 
Vt, the town he and his wife, Heidrun Mayer 75, 
adopted after retiring. 

In 1983, when mathematics professor Dr. MarkTownsend came to 
interview for his LVC position, he recalled being advised about Mayer: 
"'Don't be too nice to him, he doesn't like that' It was true that Joerg 
could be impossible at times," Townsend recalled, "but it was also 
impossible not to like him!" 

Denise Sanders, now a technical services assistant in the College's 
library, first met Mayer when he said, "'Hi, I'm Joerg Mayer, the bad boy 
in the department!' At the time, I didn't know what to think of him, but 
quickly learned what he meant He was a very honest and upright man 
and sometimes the truth was brutal to take. Nevertheless, you were 




never deceived by his words or actions; you knew where you stood and 
where he stood. Joerg had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and 
expected the same from his students." 

When he retired, a group of his former graduate students came to 
Annville to celebrate with him and the department had a large party at 
Kriederheim. 

Town Meeting in Brattleboro issued a resolution formally thanking him for 
his contribution to the community. "With the parting of such a committed 
town elder, we are all at a loss. Joerg was 
always passionate in his work, determined in his 
nature to try to make this town a better place for 
all," it read in part In Vermont, Mayer served as 
a seiectboard member, a planning commission 
and Town Meeting member, a "stalwart" volun- 
teer at Brattleboro Community Television, and 
most recently, a newspaper columnist for the 
Brattleboro Reformer In his last newspaper 
column, published the week he died, he mused 
about his conflict between indolence and self- 
respect as he lost his physical vigor to illness. 
The column was reprinted April 2 in the Lebanon 
Daily News. 

Born Aug. 4, 1929 in Munich, Germany, Mayer 
earned his doctorate from the University of Gieben, Germany, with some 
graduate work at Purdue University in Indiana. He taught mathematics 
at the University of Malaya in Singapore, the University of New Mexico 
in Albuquerque, N.M., and George Mason College in Fairfax, Va., before 
coming to LVC in 1970 to teach mathematics and computer science. 
Besides his wife, he leaves a his sons Friedrich of Albuquerque, N.M.; 
Johannes of Erie; Nicholas of Reno, Nev.; Mark of Brattleboro; and a 
daughter, Agnes Mikijaniec of Brattleboro; eight grandchildren and a 
great granddaughter. Memorial contributions in Mayer's name may be 
made to, Brattleboro Centre For Children, 193 Main St, Brattleboro, Vt 
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Nancy Eckenroth Bixler '54 died Aug. 25, 
2007, in Phoenixville at age 74. She was 
a music teacher in the Pottsgrove School 
District for 43 years. Bixler was an active 
member of Augustus Lutheran Church in 
Trappe, where she was a member of the bell 
choir. After her retirement, she returned to 
Pottstown to play the piano for school plays 
at Barth Elementary School. 

Martin "Marty^ J. Grochowski '54 died 
Nov. 22, 2007, at age 75. He had been 
a casualty underwriter for The Insurance 
Company of North America, and earned 
a masters degree in business administra- 
tion in 1970 from Temple University. He 
later became insurance manager for the 
Redevelopment Authority for the City of 
Philadelphia. After his retirement, he vol- 
unteered at the Overbrook School for the 
Blind. 

Grace Gorbey Connell y S7 died Aug. 23, 
2007, in Boothwyn at age 72. She was em- 
ployed at Hercules, Inc., in Wilmington, 
Del., and with Sun Transport, Inc., as a 
fleet staffing coordinator until retirement. 
Connell was a member of the Order of 
the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the 
American Revolution. She was a longtime 
member of St. James Episcopal Church in 
Prospect Park and a member of the Sun 
Honor Club, the Delaware Valley Sun 
Retiree Association, and LVC s Alumni 
Association. 

William E. Schadler '57 died Dec 14, 2007, 
in Fredericksburg at age 77. He served three 
years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a paint 
and plastics chemist with the Glidden Paint 
Company for several years. For 12 years, he 
was the plant manager and worked in mar- 
keting for the Hamilton Watch Co. In 1976, 
he graduated from Dickinson School of Law, 
Carlisle. He practiced law in Lebanon and, 
in 1988, became district justice in Jones- 
town, until he retired in 1994. Schadler was 
a member of the board of directors of the 
Lebanon Mutual Insurance Company. He 
learned to fly at the Farmer s Pride Airport, 
and for over 45 years, he managed the air- 
port, where he was also a flight instructor. 
Schadler was a member of the Experimental 
Aircraft Association. He was recognized in 
2006 by the Federal Aviation Association. 
He was a member of the Ancient and Secret 
Order of Quiet Birdmen. 



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The Rev. Donald L. Harper '60 died 
Dec. 19, 2007, in Bloomsburg at age 76. 
He served as a United Methodist pastor 
for congregations in Upper Strasburg, 
Gettysburg, Dallastown, Bloomsburg, and 
Allison Church in Carlisle, He served 1 8 
months as the executive director of the 
South Central AIDS Awareness Network. 
In retirement, he served as interim pastor 
at Calvary Church and Paxton Church 
of Harrisburg. At the time of his death, 
Harper was serving as associate pastor at 
Calvary Church, Harrisburg. He served in 
numerous leadership capacities within the 
Central Pennsylvania Conference of the 
United Methodist Church. He was one of 
the founders of OPEN (Ordinary People 
Extraordinary Needs) and the HIV/AIDS 
support group in the York area. 

Karl A. Wesolowski '60 died Jan. 31, 2008, 
in Newburyport, Mass., at age 69. He was 
professor emeritus at Salem State College, 
where he served as chair of the Economics 
Department and taught for more than 37 
yean. He also was owner and president of 
Community Research, a marketing and poli- 
tical polling company. Wesolowski served as 
president of the Polish Club of Amesbury 
and served on many state and local commit- 
tees in Massachusetts. 

Kathleen Patterson Lockwood '61 died 
Feb. 6, 2008, in New Jersey at the age of 
68. She started a teaching career in the 
Bergenfield Public Schools in New Jersey. 
Later, she taught in both Germany and the 
Azores. For 17 years prior to her retirement 
in 2005, Lockwood taught at the Woodside 
Avenue School in Franklin Lakes, N.J., where 
she had previously served as president of 
its PTA. In 2003-2004 she was honored as 
Teacher of the Year. 

Margaret Light Miller '61 died Sept. 11, 
2007, in Cedar Run, N.J., at age 98. She 
was a retired elementary school teacher in 
the Lickdale and Jonestown elementary 
schools. At the age of 54, she was the first 
non-traditional senior to graduate from 
LVC. Miller and her late husband, Walter 
W. Miller '34, taught English to Vietnamese 
refugees at Ft. Indiantown Gap. 

Robert J. Urban '61 died Feb. 12, 2007, in 
Lebanon at age 89. He was the proprietor 
of the Myerstown Pattern Shop from 1969 
until he retired at age 87. He worked for 30 



years at the Lebanon Steel Foundry. Urban 
was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 
the Lebanon VFW, and the Catholic War 
Veterans. He was a World War II Army Air 
Corps veteran who served in the Pacific 
Theater as a master sergeant radio operator. 
Urban was a lifelong member of St. Marys 
Church, where he served on the Parish 
Council, as financial director of the building 
campaign, and for over 25 years, as chair 
of the church festival. Among others, he 
is survived by a daughter, RoseMarie K. 
Urban '81. 

Elizabeth G. Atticks '64 died Oct. 16, 
2007, in Mechanicsburg at age 93. In 
1968 she was honored by Wilson College 
in Chambersburg as one of Americas out- 
standing women. In 1977 she was awarded 
the honorary degree of doctor of humane 
letters by Davis & Elkins College. Atticks 
was a lifelong member of Market Square 
Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg where 
she was an eider, deacon, and trustee, taught 
church school, was an advisor to coundess 
youth, and sang in the choir for ovet 60 
years. Her professional life was spent work- 
ing for the Synod of the Trinity and the 
Presbytery of Carlisle, regional bodies of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S A.). Atticks was 
prominent nationally in the Presbyterian 
Church, serving on the General Assembly's 
permanent nominating committee. She 
served on the board of the Program for 
Female Offenders and participated in the 
Camp Hill Civic Club. 

Dennis W. Mills '65, died Feb. 17, 2008, in 
Palmyra at age 64. He worked for Firestone 
Tire and Rubber Company for 16 years, and 
later retired from Wengert s Dairy with 26 years 
of service. Mills was a member of St. Johns 
United Methodist Church, Grantville; Twin 
Pines Hunting Camp, Huntingdon County; 
and the Good Guys Car Club. He enjoyed 
boating, traveling, and NASCAR. He is sur- 
vived by a brother, the Rev, Terry A. Mills '69, 
among others. 

Barbara Beltz Banket '67 died Nov. 15, 
2007, in Orwigsburg at age 62. She taught 
seventh-grade science in the Schwenksville 
School District. She worked at Hershey 
Medical Center as a junior research tech- 
nician in cancer research, and worked 
part time at Berks Intermediate Unit 14. 
She retired in 2005 from the Schuylkill 
Intermediate Unit 29 as the school psychol- 
ogist. Banket was a member of St. Marks 
Browns Church and Salem Hetzels Lutheran 
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the Sunday school and organizer of Vacation 
Bible school, church choir, and church 
council. She was a Tiger Cub leader, mem- 
ber of Volunteers in Action, volunteer aide 
in elementary and middle school resource 
rooms, and a member of Blue Mountain 
PTA. Surviving, among others, is a sister, 
Sandra Beltz Edmunds '64. 

Sarah Walters Moffitt '67 died Jan. 27, 
2008, in Hershey at age 91. She was retired 
from the Harrisburg School District as an 
elementary guidance counselor, and had 
served as program director for the Senior 
Adult Center, Mechanicsburg. Moffitt was a 
U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War 
II, serving as a link trainer. She is survived 
by several family members. 

James "Jim" H. Ditzler '69 died Jan. 1 1 , 
2008, in Lebanon at age 59. He worked for 
Gallagher Tire in Harrisburg and previously 
worked for Bethlehem Steel for 1 8 years. He 
was a member of Warmer's United Church 
of Christ and the Jonestown Lions Club 
where he served as past president. Ditzler 
was the first Scout Master for Troop 48 1 in 
Ebenezer. He was the chair of the Union 
Township Planning Commission and a 
former member and president of the Izaak 
Walton League. 

Cinda Albright Wiest '69 died Nov. 30, 
2007, in Harrisburg at age 60. She was a 
computer programmer, who worked in 
Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Wiest, 
an avid reader, belonged to a book club. 
She had a great love of flowers and spent 
countless hours photographing Longwood 
Gardens, as well as her grandchildren. 
Among others, she is survived by her former 
husband, Dr. John A. Wiest '67. 



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Robert C. Helt 70 died Jan. 18, 2008, at 
age 59. He was a senior analytical chemist 
manager and director of quality at Reutgers- 
Nease Chemical Corporation in State 
College. Among others, he is survived by his 
wife, Patricia Dougherty Helt '72. 

Nevin E Dieffenbach 72 died Oct. 
9, 2007, in Lebanon at age 63. He was 
president of Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc., 
Huntertown, Ind., for nine years, and was 
a member of Salem Lutheran Church, 
Lebanon. Among others, he is survived by a 
son, Todd E. Dieffenbach '98. 




Robert E. Dunnick 

72 died Jan. 1, 
2007, in La Center, 
Wash., at age 57. He 
served in the Peace 
Corps in Liberia. 
Dunnick was a 
reserve lieutenant 
with the La Center 
Sheriffs Office for 23 
years, and active with the volunteer search 
and rescue team. He enjoyed SCUBA div- 
ing, cowboy action shooting competitions as 
"Dutchman Bob," hunting, climbing, John 
Wayne movies, and model trains. He became 
a master diver, traveled to Hawaii, and went 
on a cruise to Jamaica and the Grand Cay- 
mans to celebrate his 25th wedding anni- 
versary. He is survived by his wife, Pamela 
A. Dunnick P'08, P'll; his daughters, 
Jennifer M. Dunnick '08 and Katherine 
M. Dunnick '11; his sister, Susan Dunnick 
Clouser 75; and multiple extended family 
members. 

Linda D. Putland 73 died Aug. 18, 2007, 
in Virginia Beach, Va., at age 55. She was a 
social work administrator for A Very Special 
Place, a day program for adults with mental 
handicaps. Prior to that, she was an admin- 
istrator for the Appalachian Service Project. 
After retiring in 1986, she counseled sup- 
port groups for people with AIDS and led 
a diabetic support group. In 1993, Putland 
moved to Virginia Beach where she led a 
singles ministry, an HIV/AIDS ministry, 
and other ministries at her church. 



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Todd A. Hess '90 died Nov. 13, 2007, in 
Lebanon at age 40. He began his career in 
accounting in 1990 with AMP Incorpo- 
rated, and was senior accountant at Stanilla 
and Siegel CPAs in Lebanon. Most recendy, 
Hess was a CPA and owner operator of 
Amerman, Hess & Ginder, P.C. in Lebanon. 



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Alex W. Morris '11 died Sept. 23, 2007, 
at age 20, as a result of injuries he suf- 
fered in an auto accident. He worked as 
an EMT/fire marshall at Penn National 
Race Track, Grantville. He was an active 
EMT in Duncannon and a member of the 
Sons of the American Legion, Post 340, 



Duncannon. Morris was a freshman at the 
College, working toward his bachelor s de- 
gree in business administration. 

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Dr. David A. Hoffman, 

husband of College 
Trustee Dr. Kristen R. 
Angstadt 74, died Feb. 
12,2008, in Hershey at 
age 75. He was a retired 
physician and honor- 
ary member of the staff 
at Reading Hospital 
and Medical Center. After graduating 
from Reading High School, he attended 
Princeton University and then entered 
the University of Pennsylvania School of 
Medicine, graduating in 1957. Hoffman 
completed his internship and residency in 
obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) at the 
Reading Hospital. In 1961, he opened a 
solo practice in Wyomissing. He delivered 
more than 6,000 babies in his first eight 
years of practice, then shifted his focus to 
areas of laser and laparoscopic surgery and 
reproductive medicine. He formed and 
operated a laboratory and sperm bank, 
the Pennsylvania Andrology and Fertility 
Center in Wyomissing, until his retirement 
in November 2002. Hoffman was a member 
of the American Medical Association and 
the Pennsylvania and Berks County medical 
societies. He was recently recognized by the 
Pennsylvania Medical Society for 50 years 
of medical service. In 1998, he received the 
Association of Professors of Gynecology and 
Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award for 
his outstanding contributions to the field. 
He was a member of the American Society 
of Reproductive Medicine, the American 
Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, 
and the American College of Obstetricians 
and Gynecologists. From 1996-2202, he 
served as an associate for Medical Books for 
China International and coordinated an East 
Coast site for collecting and shipping medi- 
cal publications and materials to help estab- 
lish medical libraries across China. Hoffman 
is survived, among others, by his wife. 



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